India Politics

India Politics

Congress called Sonia 'rajmata': Modi on 'shehzada'

New Delhi : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi sidestepped criticism of his referring to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi as "shehzada", saying the party used to refer to its president Sonia Gandhi as "rajmata" some years ago.

Asked by ABP News TV channel as to why he continuously referred to Rahul Gandhi as "shehzada" or prince with a tinge of sarcasm, Modi said the word 'shehzada' was there in history.


No country should intimidate us: Modi

New Delhi : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Tuesday said India needed to be governed in a way that no other nation, including Pakistan, is able to intimidate it.

Asked if he would deal with Pakistan with a firm hand, Modi told ABP News in an interview: "No one should be able to intimidate us and neither should we do it. The relationship with all countries should be balanced."

"This feeling should be reciprocated and that is the best way forward," he added.

Would focus on positive work, not Vadra: Modi

New Delhi : Terming Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra "unimportant", BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Tuesday said he would prefer focusing on positive work, rather than digging up skeletons.

Asked if action would be taken against Priyanka Gandhi's husband Vadra if the BJP comes to power, Modi told ABP News: "In my tenure in government (Gujarat), I have never opened any closed file. This is my personal view. Five years is a small time, I would focus on doing good work."

"Would I have to answer questions on petty issues?" he counter-posed.


Act against Mamata for free and fair polls, Left urges CEC

Kolkata : Accusing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of challenging the Election Commission through her "confrontationist attitude", the Left Front urged the poll panel to take "immediate action" to foil the "key role" she was playing to prevent "free and fair elections" in the state.

In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath, Left Front chairman Biman Bose complained that Banerjee's Trinamool Congress has violated the model code of conduct in force for the elections "many times more that other parties" in various parts of the state.


Constitution will guide decision: Modi on Ram temple

New Delhi : The Constitution and not aggression will guide the country, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said when asked about his party's approach on issues like the Ram temple and Article 370.

"The country doesn't work with aggression, the nation works as per the Constitution," Modi said, responding to a question on the Bharatiya Janata Party's approach to the issues of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, and Article 370, which provides special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Been through a lot to prove my innocence: Modi on Godhra riots

New Delhi : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Tuesday said he "had been through a lot" to prove his innocence in the 2002 Godhra riots.

"I was questioned by police for nine hours and till date no chief minister in India has been grilled for so long. I've been through a lot to prove my innocence," Modi told ABP News in an interview.

Modi said the Supreme Court had seen the video footage of his interrogation and proclaimed his innocence.

Have taken moral responsibility for 2002 riots: Modi

New Delhi : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Tuesday said he has always taken moral responsibility for the deaths in the 2002 Godhara riots.

Asked whether he followed 'Rajdharma' during the 2002 riots, Modi said in an interview to ABP News: "I have taken it (moral responsibility for any person killed in Gujarat) since day one. In my speech in the state assembly, all my interviews, speeches, I have mentioned it."

Kadam's remarks on Muslims, Pakistan his personal view: Shiv Sena

Mumbai : An embarassed Shiv Sena Tuesday distanced itself from party leader Ramdas Kadam's "anti-Muslim" and "anti-Pakistan" remarks at a rally attended by BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, terming these as "his personal view".

Worried by the fallout of the remarks, a Shiv Sena spokesperson said that "the statements do not echo the sentiments of Bal Thackeray, Uddhav Thackeray and the Shiv Sena".

"It is his personal view. The party's stand on Hindutva is clear, and voiced by Uddhav (Thackeray) time and again," the spokesperson said.

Not allowed to go to Dev's rally, Bengal teenager commits suicide

Kolkata : A 16 year-old boy Tuesday committed suicide in West Bengal's Malda district apparently after being denied permission to attend a rally of Bengali movie superstar and Trinamool Congress candidate Dev, police said.

The incident happened in Gazole in the district, some 355 km from Kolkata.

"According to initial investigation, the class 10 student Dulal Sarkar hanged himself to death shortly after he had an altercation with his father who denied him permission to attend Dev's rally," said an officer of Gazole police station.


MP's power? Making officer wet his pants: SP leader

Lucknow : A Samajwadi Party candidate Tuesday said a parliamentarian is not worth his name if on receiving his telephone call an officer does not wet his pants.

Ramji Lal Suman, candidate from Hathras, was caught on tape boasting to his supporters of the powers that people like him have when they become a parliamentarian.

"Aise MP ka kya fayda jiske phone se adhikari nikal jaye (What's the use of a parliamentarian on whose phone call an official does not wet his pants?)," he said while campaigning in Hathras.