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PM Modi kickstarts BJP's election campaign, says will take Maharashtra ahead of Gujarat

Modi tactically chose the hometown of Munde for the first election meeting to attract the backward classes.

Sanjeev Unhale | CNN-IBN

Updated:October 4, 2014, 7:23 PM IST
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PM Modi kickstarts BJP's election campaign, says will take Maharashtra ahead of Gujarat
Modi tactically chose the hometown of Munde for the first election meeting to attract the backward classes.

Aurangabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the campaign for the assembly election from Beed district after paying homage to the late Rural Development Minister, Gopinath Munde and appealed to the voters to give a clear mandate the BJP for the sake of the development.

Modi tactically chose the hometown of Munde for the first ever election meeting to attract the backward classes who believed in his OBC leadership. The public meeting witnessed multitude of audience pouring in thousands to listen to the prime minister.

Addressing the crowd, Modi said "Munde was like my younger brother and had he been alive, there would not have been any need at all for me to undertake any public meeting in the state"

In his first public rally, nowhere in his speech Modi mentioned the Shiv Sena or its 25 years old alliance with the BJP. With his silence towards the Shiv Sena, he made it clear that the BJP would like to ignore the Shiv Sena in this election. Moreover, Modi many a times appealed to the voters to give a clear majority to the BJP in Maharashtra. He said "I want to serve the state, but if you are going to close down the valve of the pipeline coming towards the state, I cannot help".

Accusing the Congress and NCP Government for the destruction of one generation in last the 15 years, Modi said that the Congress rule made mere changes in the chief ministership because the alliance parties were fighting for the cause of "Kaun Banega Arabopati", (competition to be multi-billionaire). Although, both parties are different their DNA is same in many aspects. He described the Rashtravadi Congress (NCP) as 'Bhrashtavadi' Congress. Modi alleged that the development of the state came to a standstill. The government could neither supply water nor uninterrupted electricity to the farmers, which resulted in creation of the 'Suicide State'.

Promising to take Maharashtra ahead of Gujarat, Modi said that the state is having rich tradition of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of Hindavi Swarajya who fought against the empire with the help of handful of people. Modi said "I have no big vision, but I want to do big things for the common people and with that cause alone I was elected at the centre. I have received loud applaud in America not because of the personality of Modi but because I was the representative of 125 crores Indians who elected me with thumping majority".

Modi in his first public meeting remained very aggressive and even assertive in terms of snatching the power at the state on his own. It is also important that he has expressed full faith in Pankaja Munde-Palve and assured to give the railway services to those districts which has never seen a railway line. He has started his campaign from the most backward region instead of starting it from the state capital Mumbai. With his interactive style and scathing attacks on the Congress alliance government, it seems that Modi has taken the vow to change the scenario in favor of BJP.

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