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Gujarat polls: Narendra Modi wary of Congress’ campaign

Ahmedabad: Opposition Congress in Gujarat is carrying out an aggressive and sustained campaign ahead of the state assembly polls, taking up issues affecting people and connecting with the masses by organising various yatras and agitations, which has for the first time put the ruling BJP on the defensive.

Even Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who has never bothered to react to statements and promises of state Congress leaders in the run up to December 2012 elections, has had to respond to some of its poll promises.

“Earlier, state leaders of Congress, instead of doing any ground work, used to depend more on virtual campaign through advertisements and press statements and held the hope that charisma of their central leadership will sail them through,” a Congress leader said.

But this time there is a planned meticulous campaign in which state level leaders have actually gone to the people of Gujarat and tried to connect with a large number of people through various yatras and stirs and have taken up real issues affecting them, he said.

“The Congress campaign had started a year ahead of the scheduled date of polls. Our focus of campaign is arrogance of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi versus democratic values,” Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said.

“We have held a sustained campaign against the issues concerning people, which the present government has failed to tackle like unemployment, corruption, benefits of development not reaching poor and lower middle class and insensitivity of those in power towards problem of common man,” Doshi said.

Gujarat Congress president Arjun Modhvadia, election campaign committee chief Shankarsinh Vaghela and leader of opposition Shaktisinh Gohil have not only focused on building of organisational strengths, but in tandem have targeted right areas and sections of the society for the campaign of the party, he said.

Instead of just campaigning by holding election rallies after the date of polls are announced as was the routine earlier, the Congress so far has organized four big yatras– Hisab do Jawab do, Sardar Sandesh yatara, Adivasi adhikar yatra, Kinaro Bachao yatra (for fishermen).

In these yatras state level leaders have extensively travelled all the districts of the state and tried to connect with people, Doshi said.

On the other hand Modi, who has penchant of holding yatras ahead of elections, has not come up with any such plan this time.

Besides, various agitational programmes have been held from time to time in the last one year. We have also announced three vision documents as a part of our 12 points which has evoked much response from the people, Doshi said.

The Congress has also unleashed an advertising campaign in local television channels and local newspapers pointing out weakness of the Modi government. It has also taken on the strong presence of Modi on internet to attract young voters.

The aggressive and sustained Congress campaign in the last few months has put the BJP on defensive as the state government and the state unit of the party have issued numerous denials to the allegations raised by the Congress during their campaign.

One of the vision documents of Congress which promises to give houses to women of poor and middle class families at very nominal rates has become an instant hit among large population of the state as there are long queues of women outside the party offices to get forms of the scheme, which has come under severe criticism of Modi.

Modi has sharply reacted by saying that the distribution of forms to poor women is cheating as there is no guarantee that they will come to power. They have not implemented such schemes in the states where they were in power and are not distributing forms with the stamp of the central government and signature of the prime minister, which means that there is no guarantee that they will provide cheap homes.




Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/gujarat/gujarat-polls-narendra-modi-wary-of-congress-campaign_794780.html

I am ‘Nirivkar’: Modi on being in race as PM candidate

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today shrugged of remarks by BJP chief Nitin Gadkari that he is one of the party’s six Prime Ministerial candidates, saying he remained unaffected and that his focus was on the uplift of six crore people in the state.

Modi also sought to draw an analogy with ‘pranayam’, a popular breathing exercise, on his approach to the prime ministerial issue. The next Lok Sabha elections is due in 2014.

“People who are actively doing yoga and more particularly ‘pranayam’ will be well aware that when you do ‘pranayam’, gradually you don’t feel birds chirping around and other noises.

For you, it doesn’t make any difference if there is bright light or its dark. You become ‘Nirvikar’(unaffected). In the same way, I am Nirvikar about all these issues,” the BJP strongman said in response to a query about his prospects of becoming the prime minister.

 Modi said his focus is on six crore people of Gujarat and their upliftment and betterment.
“And this focus should be the parameter of my success,” Modi said to a question on ascending the national stage after achieving success in his state. Gadkari had yesterday said “Modi is one of the six PM candidates of BJP along with Advani, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and M M Joshi. No decision has been yet taken (by the party).”

Modi was responding to questions from industry leaders and professionals at an interactive session organised by All India Management Association (AIMA) here.

Interestingly, most of the questions by members present at the session centred on Modi’s political ambitions and if he is willing to become the prime minister. But most of the queries on the PM issues were deftly ducked by Modi.

If voted to power, Cong will take Gujarat to 18th Century: Narendra Modi

Ahmedabad: Taking a dig at Congress, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the main Opposition party will take the state to the 18th century if it is voted to power.

The BJP stalwart claimed Gujarat Congress leaders were making remarks which were at variance with the Independence Day address made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

While the Prime Minister spoke about the need to attract foreign investments and develop infrastructure, the Congress leaders say Gujarat does not need roads, industries or educational institutions, he said at a gathering here.

“The Prime Minister, in his address, said there is a need to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and also focus on industrialisation for employment generation in the country. He spoke about the need to strengthen infrastructure, but state Congress leaders say just the opposite of it.

“The state Congress leaders were seen on TV saying they don’t need roads, industries, educational institutions, hospitals, universities, and that just half a chapati would suffice for them,” Modi said, implying the party leaders were criticising the BJP Government’s policies aimed at attracting FDI and setting up industries.

As the crowd burst into laughter, Modi said “Congress aims to take you back to the 18th Century. Would you like to go to the 18th Century rule?”

Assembly election is due in December in Gujarat.

 Modi was speaking at the inaugural function of a river front development project along the banks of Sabarmati.
Attacking the UPA Government, he said it was the Centre’s responsibility to provide affordable living to people in this era of rising prices.

“They had claimed to contain price rise within 100 days of coming to power, but have been unable to do so. The poor of the country are asking the Centre – what happened to your promise of checking price rise within 100 days?”

Keshubhai may float a new party today

Ahmadabad: Dissident BJP leader and former chief minister Keshubhai Patel is likely to announce a new party on Saturday evening.

The former Gujurat chief minister met his loyalists Kashiram Rana, Suresh Mehta at his residence to chalk out strategy.

“Hindutva used in liberal and broad sense will be the ideology of the new party,” Patel had said earlier.

“This version of Hindutva will also mean working for welfare of the Muslim community”, he maintained.

The Modi-baiter who is on a mission to mobilise support for the ouster of the BJP stalwart said, “I decided to form the new party to dislodge the corrupt Modi government from power”.

After virtually remaining in political wilderness since 2001, the former Chief Minister has decided to contest the assembly poll from Saurashtra, a region where he enjoys good support among the influential Patel community who constitute 18 per cent of Gujarat’s population.

In the last few months, Patel has openly criticised Gujurat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at various public meetings. He had alleged that the people of Gujarat were living in fear under Modi’s rule.
Patel, who was unceremoniously removed from the chief minister’s post in 2001 and was replaced by Modi.



Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/gujarat/keshubhai-may-float-a-new-party-today_791641.html

No decision on Modi’s projection as PM candidate: Gadkari

New Delhi: BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Friday said he has discussed the issue of NDA Prime Ministerial candidate with ally and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and assured him that no decision has yet been taken on Narendra Modi being the party’s choice for the top post.

“I told him (Nitish Kumar) that we have not taken a decision on it (Prime Ministerial candidate). I told him that you are a part of NDA and when we in NDA decide who should be the candidate, we will discuss it with you too. Till then, discussing it is irrelevant,” Gadkari told a TV channel.

He was replying to a question on Kumar’s objection to Modi being NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate.

“If his and our ideology was the same, would not we be one party? He has a right to differ,” Gadkari said.

However, Gadkari indicated Kumar and his party JD(U) are not likely to go with Congress when he said the Bihar Chief Minister is a follower of Ram Manohar Lohia, a staunch critic of Congress.

Asked about Team Anna’s movement and its decision to form a political party, Gadkari said “our alternative cannot be Anna Hazare. The alternative to one political party is another party. The alternative to Congress is BJP.”
He maintained Team Anna has a right to form a party but said Anna is not a politician. “He is a social worker,” he said.

Gadkari said BJP had extended support to Team Anna during their last agitation but did not do so this time as they had not sought the party’s support.




Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/gujarat/no-decision-on-modi-s-projection-as-pm-candidate-gadkari_791599.html

SP to field candidates on 56 seats in Gujarat polls

Vadodara: Samajwadi Party will put up candidates in 56 of the Assembly 182 seats in Gujarat, elections for which are slated to be held in December, Uttar Pradesh Education Minister Brahmashankar Tripathi said on Thursday.

“We want to strengthen the secular forces and contest Gujarat Assembly polls based on the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi,” he told mediapersons here, adding that they would field 56 candidates in the state elections.

Tripathi was in the city to address a convention of party workers.

On whether SP will have an alliance with any other party in the state, he said, “SP will not have any alliance with Congress or BJP and we want to emerge as a strong party to play a significant role in the formation of the government in Gujarat after the polls.”

“Our party will prefer formation of Third Front for contesting the next Lok Sabha elections, whenever it is held,” Tripathi said, adding that the Front will not have Congress and BJP as its allied partners.

 Describing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav as the “most popular leader” he said there is no question of comparing him with the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

To a question on expulsion of SP’s Rajya MP and editor of an Urdu daily Shahid Siddique after he took Modi’s interview, he said “it is party’s internal matter.”



Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/gujarat/sp-to-field-candidates-on-56-seats-in-gujarat-polls_791340.html

Narendra Modi as Prime Minister unacceptable, indicates Nitish Kumar

New Delhi: The NDA seems to be divided in not just the race for the Presidential poll but also in the run up to the next Prime Minister. NDA ally JD(U) has made it clear that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is not acceptable to it as the Prime Ministerial candidate.

In an interview to the national daily ‘Economic Times’, JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar insisted that the NDA should name its Prime Ministerial candidate before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and the candidate must have secular credentials and a liberal frame of mind.

This is not the first time that the Bihar Chief Minister has made his aversion to Modi apparent. In 2011, at a BJP executive in Patna, the two were at loggerheads over an advertisement issued by the Gujarat BJP.

Modi has also been taking digs at politicians from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar for what the Gujarat Chief Minister calls resorting to caste based politics.

Nitish had then said that Modi, who has been a constant irritant in the JD(U)-BJP coalition ties in Bihar, should mind his own business instead of making comments on others.

“One should think about one’s own situation (Bihar par tippani karne walon ko apne halaat ke bare me sochana chahiye)“, he had told reporters in reply to a question when asked for his reaction to Modi’s remarks targeting Bihar leaders.

Modi and Nitish have been involved in many spats in the past.

10 June, 2012: Modi accused Bihar politicians of resorting to caste-based politics.

2009: Nitish cancelled a dinner meet to protest against an advertisement released by Gujarat BJP that showed him and Modi together.

2009: Nitish returned Modi government’s Rs 5 crore flood relief cheque for Kosi flood victims.




Source: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/modi-as-pm-unacceptable-indicates-nitish/266780-37-64.html

In poll year, Modi on a mission to woo Muslims

Ahmedabad: In his bid to wean away Muslim voters from Congress’ fold in election year, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is making efforts that include experimenting social engineering and even shedding his saffron persona to woo the community towards BJP.

In what appears to be a well thought out strategy, Modi is holding a meeting of the state BJP Minority Cell at Staff Training College in Gandhinagar tomorrow to “ponder” over the ways to bring Muslims to BJP, a party functionary said.

“We will try to bring the minority community towards BJP’s call of nationalism and inform them of Congress’ divide and rule policy,” BJP spokesperson Jagdish Bhavsar said.

With poll calculations weighing heavily on its mind, the saffron party seems determined to dent what is considered as the traditional vote bank of the Congress.

“Programmes would be devised by the party in this meeting to counter Congress’s vote bank politics. Programmes will be devised in such a way that BJP party workers and especially minority community workers will donate maximum time, engage them and establish contact with Muslims population of the state,” Bhavsar said.

This is for the first time that Gujarat BJP will chalk out an all out plan to woo Muslims under Modi, who is accused of complacency in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

However, in a well-cultivated effort to build bridges with the community, Modi launched his much-touted ‘Sadbhavna Mission’ and undertook fasts at all the district capitals in the state.

In tomorrow’s meeting, more than 400 members of minority cell will remain present, including 150 Muslim leaders who have been elected to various municipalities on BJP ticket in the state.

According to sources, besides BJP leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, national vice-president Purshottam Rupala and state unit president R C Faldu, chairman of the state Haj Committee Sufi Saiyad Mahebub Ali, retired IAS officer and chairman of state Waqf board Ali Saiyed will also attend the meet.

The Assembly elections in the state are scheduled in December.

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/gujarat/in-poll-year-modi-on-a-mission-to-woo-muslims_778529.html

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ABP News-Nielsen survey : UPA loses sheen after 8 years in power

New Delhi: After eight years in power, the Congress-led coalition’s pull seems to be diminishing. The result of the ABP News-Nielsen survey conducted on the eve of the UPA-II third anniversary has revealed it. While 32 per cent believed the government’s performance was good or very good, a sizable 35 per cent rated the performance as average.

Significant 21 per cent respondents said it was poor while 11 per cent rated the performance as very poor. The performance of UPA government has been rated slightly below average with a mean score 2.95, which is lower than the mean score of 3.22 last year.

According to the survey, Gujarat chief minister and BJP leader Narendra Modi has emerged as the ‘popular choice’ for the post of Prime Minister beating Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who was the most preferred choice in 2011.

As many as 17 per cent respondents favoured Narendra Modi as Prime Minister of India according to a survey.

As per the survey report, only 13 per cent wanted Rahul Gandhi to take over the top post. Modi on the contrary has improved his position. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh garnered 16 per cent of the votes.

Manmohan scores high than his govt:
However, Manmohan Singh’s ratings are good with 37 per cent respondents saying his performance was good or very good. Another 33 per cent ranked him average, while 28 per cent believed his performance was poor or very poor.

Around 32 per cent of the respondents felt that performance of UPA government is better or much better than its last term. A dip of 8 per cent is observed in the perception of people from last year survey, where 40 per cent of the respondents felt that the performance of UPA government is better than previous term. 39 per cent rated UPA performance as “about the same” this year, similar score in comparison to last year.

Only 36 per cent of the respondents felt that performance of the PM is better than its last term. A dip of 8 per cent is noted in the perception of people from the last year survey, where 44 per cent of respondents said that the PM performed better than his previous term.

What are Manmohan Singh’s strengths and weaknesses?
Around 38 per cent of the respondents felt that Manmohan Singh’s clean personal image has been his biggest strength while 42 per cent of them believed that failure to act tough against ministers accused of corruption has been his biggest weakness.

Corruption and price rise hit UPA-II hard:
The UPA-II seems to be failing in the key parameters of governance. 25 per cent respondents wanted the government to take immediate steps to control corruption in the country while 24 per cent felt that the government should take steps to monitor rising food and petrol prices in the country. Immediate steps to control corruption and food inflation have been considered as the issues over which UPA government should immediately act upon.

Focus on Naxalite/Maoist issue has been cited by 15 per cent of the respondents, this was mentioned by only 8 per cent during last year survey. Overall 33 per cent felt that policies of the UPA government are responsible for rising inflation in the country. Around 28 per cent believed that global economic conditions are responsible for rising inflation in the country. 29 per cent cited both these reasons for rise in inflation.

Areas improved and deteriorated over the last three years:
34 per cent of the respondents felt that there has been an improvement in medical facilities. Almost same number of the respondents felt that condition of roads has been improved.

Around 69 per cent of the respondents felt that inflation and price rise is a key issue and 58 per cent believed that the level of corruption has increased.

2G spectrum dents UPA’s image:
Majority of respondents (57 per cent) said that current UPA government is the most corrupt government of India post-Independence, and this figure has increased significantly as compared to previous year (45 per cent).

54 percent of the respondents felt that 2G spectrum scam has impacted India’s image as an investment destination. Only 10 per cent of the respondents believed that home minister P Chidambaram has not played any role in 2G scam whereas 30 per cent felt that he was equally involved as A Raja and 31 per cent said that he was involved only to some extent.

A little more than one-third (36 per cent ) are aware of the fact that the UPA government had to put 51 per cent FDI in retail decision on hold due to opposition from various alliance partners and several state governments.

Source: http://www.newsbullet.in/india/34-more/30234-congress-led-upa-govt-loses-sheen-after-eight-years-in-power