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PM Narendra Modi makes veiled attack on Congress, Samajwadi Party; says those who suffered massive defeat in elections engage in vote-bank politics

Saturday, 9 August 2014 - 5:37pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

 In a veiled attack on Congress and Samajwadi Party (SP), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused them of continuing to practice vote-bank politics to divide society and asserted that disturbance of peace and harmony will not be tolerated.

"BJP never accepts incidents (of violence) which are taking place in the country. Peace, unity and harmony are the pre-requisites for progress and there will be no compromise on this.

"Those who have suffered a massive defeat in the elections are still not able to desist from engaging in old vote-bank politics. They are engaged in disturbing the social fabric," Modi said addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s National Council meeting here.

His attack on rivals without naming them comes against the backdrop of BJP being accused of fanning communal violence in Uttar Pradesh.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who stormed the Well of the Lok Sabha to demand debate on rising communal violence, has said the violence in UP was "artificially and deliberately engineered". 

In this hour, Modi said, BJP workers will have to play a crucial role to ensure communal and national unity so that the nation moves forward. "When the country makes progress, its 125 crore people make progress," he said.

Talking about his government which was formed after BJP's landslide victory, the Prime Minister said "different and tough yardsticks" are being applied to gauge its performance.

"Those who have not done anything for 60 years are asking for our account of 60 days," he said attacking Congress yet again. 

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