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Modi dubs Congress poll manifesto as bundle of lies

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Slams Nitish over vote bank politics, terror strikes

Gaya : In an all out attack on Congress, Narendra modi on Thursday dubbed the former’s manifesto as ‘bundle of lies’ and unkept promises. Addressing a rally, Modi also attacked Bihar CM Nitish Kumar saying the Bihar government is ‘nurturing and abetting’ terrorism for ‘vote-bank’ politics.

Modi, who addressed three rallies – two in Bihar and one in Jharkhand – also revived the ‘Jayanthi tax’ barb aimed at former Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan to hit out at the UPA government over alleged corruption in giving clearance to power projects.

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Chaos broke out at the venue of Modi’s rally in Gaya shortly before he was due to address it prompting Police to resort to a mild lathicharge to restore order.  A section of the crowd broke the wooden barricades and also barged into the media enclosure while some threw bottles and chappals at the police. The rally, however, continued.

Ahead of Modi’s rallies in Bihar, Maoists blew up two mobile towers exploding powerful bombs in two areas of Gaya district raising security concerns.

Modi appealed to Maoists to abjure violence and said it was his dream to see a pen or a plough in the hands of the youths in their ranks and not guns.

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“Congress announced its manifesto yesterday which is a bundle of lies. They had announced the same promises in their 2004 and 2009 manifestoes,” he said at his rallies.

“For any political party, a manifesto is equal to the Gita, the Bible, the Koran and should not be a document to hoodwink the people,”he said, and accused Congress of not fulfilling its past promises like controlling price rise or ensuring a job to a member of each family.

Turning to the crowd at the Gumla rally, Modi said, “You (people) ask them (Congress) how many points (of the manifesto) they had implemented in the last five years? When did they implement them? And what was the output?          “If you ask these questions you can stop the tradition of announcing untrue manifestoes of political parties.”

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“I can assure you that corruption can be curbed. But a leader should have guts, a clean conscience and a clear policy,” Modi said. The Gujarat Chief Minister targeted his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar at the rallies in Sasaram and Gaya.

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Published on: Friday, March 28, 2014, 12:05 AM IST
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