Calling on political parties opposed to the BJP, including the Congress Party, to stop insulting the lower castes, Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked whether the Election Commission had the courage to act against those people making such casteist remarks.
Addressing a rally here in support of BJP candidate Jagdambika Pal, Modi pulled out the caste card again, and said leaders of the Congress Party have consistently hurled casteist abuses at him, and that it was the duty of the Election Commission to rein them in with punitive measures.
Emphasizing that the at the toil of the lower castes was the primary reason for the comfortable living of the well-off, Modi said the latter had no business to insult the lower castes. He said that it was not a crime to be born in a backward class family in India. He said that "I might be from a backward or lower caste, but I don't play or promote a low brand or level of politics.This country has moved beyond caste and communal politics and its youth want development. Those living in palaces must realize that its due to the hard work of lower caste people like us that they are living comfortably."
He also said that there was no point or purpose in Hindus and Muslims fighting with each other, and urged both communities to fight a common problem -- poverty.
The BJP prime ministerial candidate is to address two more rallies in Uttar Pradesh -- in Maharajganj and Salempur, before addressing a rally in Delhi with the use of 3D technology later in the day.