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Narendra Modi targets Election Commission, accuses it of bias

Thursday, 8 May 2014 - 3:43pm IST | Place: Azamgarh (UP) | Agency: PTI

  • bjp-prime-ministerial-candidate-narendra-modi Narendra Modi accused the Samajwadi Party leadership of plundering Uttar Pradesh

Keeping up the attack on the Election Commission, Narendra Modi alleged on Thursday that polling in the last three phases of the Lok Sabha elections in UP, Bihar and West Bengal had not been fair and accused the poll body of being biased. 

The BJP Prime Ministerial candidate, who was denied permission by poll authorities to hold a public meeting in Varanasi, used the rally in Varanasi to mount a fresh attack on the EC. "In UP, Bihar and West Bengal there were reports of serious malpractices in the last three phases. I want to tell Election Commission that I had warned you on April 24 that you are not discharging your responsibility well." 

"Polling should be free and fair but in the last three phases it did not happen," Modi alleged. Holding a rally for BJP candidate Ramakant Yadav, who is contesting against SP President Mulayam Singh Yadav, Modi said, "I accuse the Election Commission of not being impartial". 

The Gujarat Chief Minister also attacked the SP supremo saying, "Governments are supposed to do good for people but these people here are doing good for themselves and their family only." Modi said 'netaji' had come here to secure his future but he will not be successful. Attacking the SP, BSP and the Congress, Modi said they keep fighting in Lucknow but always join hands in Delhi. 

"Congress, SP and BSP are no different but are the same. They fight here but have meals together in Delhi with 'Madam' (Sonia) being their host," he said.

Modi charged that all the three parties never raised their voice against corruption, price rise or in favour of farmers or workers. "Their only refrain is 'stop Modi', they don't have any agenda except stop Modi. Because they are aware that if on May 16, Modi comes to power, what will their place be," he said. 

Highlighting the plight of sugarcane farmers in the region, the Gujarat Chief Minister alleged they were not getting their dues and forced to sell their produce at a fraction of the actual price. 

Referring to the BJP manifesto, he said the party had devised a formula as per which the Minimum Support Price (MSP) will be 50 percent more than the total input cost incurred by farmers, which will ensure that get a good price for their produce. "MSP will be no longer left solely to the babus," he said.

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