Cong prefers vote bank politics to national interest: Modi
ARARIA, Apr 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday charged the Congress with having placed vote bank politics above national interest while it was in power at the Centre.
Addressing an election rally in Araria, PM Modi also said that the opposition party and its allies were rattled by the trends that have emerged from the first two phases of the Lok Sabha polls.
"... The trends of the first two phases of elections have left them rattled. They no more have the temerity to demand proofs of the valiant cross-border operations conducted by our armed forces," the prime minister said.
He said that "lies" were being spread about his government that its introduction of five per cent quota for the unreserved categories was a step in the direction of doing away with reservations. "Beware of such lies," he said.
"The country has witnessed two types of politics of ''vote bhakti'' and of ''desh bhakti''. The former was on display after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, when the then government did not go after Pakistan for abetting terror, and chose to derail the investigations in many terror cases by coming up with the theory of Hindu terror.
"The latter was demonstrated by us when the Uri terror attack was replied with surgical strikes and Pulwama was followed by air strikes," PM Modi said.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi addressed a public meeting in West Bengal, where he asked the voters to put brakes on "Speed-breaker Didi" Mamata Banerjee's rule and end the "politics of threat, loot and corruption". Addressing a rally in West Bengal's south Dinajpur district, PM Modi said: "Don't you want this politics of threat, loot and corruption to end? Then come out from every household in every village, town, nook and corner and give the Trinamool a befitting reply for unleashing a rule of terror. Rise up Bengal give your response on May 23". -NDTV