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LS campaign: Modi, Rahul trade barbs

LS campaign: Modi, Rahul trade barbs
Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi
NEW DELHI, APR 18 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/18/2019 12:05:07 PM IST

 Kerala mein kushti, Delhi mein dosti: PM questions Rahul’s Wayanad choice

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hit out at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, saying he is not contesting from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency to send a message to the South, but he is doing so for “appeasement politics”.
“Congress’ Naamdaar says he is contesting from Wayanad because he wanted to send a message to South. Couldn’t you contest from Trivandrum to give the message? It’s the capital. It’s not a message to South but a message of appeasement politics,” PM Modi said while addressing a public rally in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram.
Modi accused Rahul Gandhi of pretending to side against the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Kerala, while secretly befriending the party in Delhi. The PM alleged Rahul Gandhi is doing so only to secure his place in Parliament.
“Congress president had to come to Wayanad here to secure his place in Parliament. He says he won’t speak a word against CPI(M). Kerala main kushti aur Delhi main dosti, yahi inka khel hai,” PM Modi stated.
“The faith and affection towards the BJP and me has only increased over time. Today I am here to seek your blessings so that we continue to convert your faith and affection to record development,” PM Narendra Modi said.
He added, “These elections will determine if India will make rules or just follow them. So there is a huge responsibility on the shoulders of voters of Kerala, especially first-time voters.”
Rahul Gandhi has filed his nomination in Wayanad as a second seat in addition to his traditional constituency of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh with the Congress saying it was a message to the southern states that they are deeply valued and respected.
Thiruvananthapuram and Pathnamthitta, where the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple is located, is witnessing a fierce triangular contest between the ruling CPI(M) headed LDF, opposition Congress led UDF and BJP-NDA candidate.
PM, the missing link between national security and livelihood security: Rahul
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying “there’s a clear link between national and livelihood security and the aspirations of youngsters and farmers; PM Modi is missing it completely.”
In interview with The Hindu, Rahul Gandhi said that the BJP has sought to divert the narrative of this election by making national security their key election narrative. “But this has failed to fire as people will not be fooled: the fact is that the biggest national security issue is unemployment. And the other big livelihood and national security problem for India is the huge rural distress and the state of our farmers,” he added. 
Rahul stated that the Congress manifesto has set down a framework to draw India out of the mess that Modi’s policies have created. “Compare it with the BJP manifesto, which doesn’t even talk of jobs or the issues that matter to the people of India,” he stated.
“We have the highest unemployment rate in the last 45 years, but Modi doesn’t have a word to say about it!,” he said.
Reacting to Prime Minister’s speech of a “dumdaar sarkar”, Rahul said: “If you want a dumdaar sarkar, you need to first employ India’s youth and give them opportunities to reshape their future and simultaneously rewrite India’s future. Only then will India become a powerful country.”
On Rafale, Rahul said “the issue has already resonated with the people of India. It has exposed the false smokescreen created by Modi. Every Indian now believes that Modi helped Anil Ambani get the Rafale offset contract.”
Reacting to Modi’s allegation of corruption in the AugustaWestland deal during the UPA regime, Rahul wondered as to what was Modi doing for the last five years. “Why hasn’t he taken action on this alleged corruption he keeps talking about? He’s free to investigate. But, why isn’t he investigating Rafale as well? Why is he not ready to face an investigation in the Rafale scam? That is because, there is clear proof of his own involvement.”

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