PM raises issue of Batla House and firefight of Cong Pragya-Karkare



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A day after the Congress demanded an apology from him on the controversial statements of Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, BJP candidate in Bhopal, about the hero of 26/11 Hemant Karkare, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an attack on Congress on Saturday, wondering why questions about the 2008 Batla House meeting were not seen as an insult to the martyrs.

The reference to questioning the meeting of an Indian Mujahideen module at Batla House was clear enough, as the issue was raised by the former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Digvijay Singh, who is Sadhvi's opponent in Bhopal. He had called the shooting in which the police inspector of Delhi, Mohan Chand Sharma, was killed as a fake and demanded a judicial investigation.

"I was not raising a question about the Batla House meeting an insult to the martyr," the prime minister said as he was heading to a demonstration in Araria. The electorate, where Muslims make up 44% of voters, has been seen as the backdrop for polarization policy. The seat was represented by the late leader of the RJD, Taslimuddin, whose son Sarfaraz is now the party's candidate.

Referring to the incident, Modi said brave cops destroyed the terror module at Batla House, but instead of being happy, Congressional leaders had "tears in their eyes," as did the "vote bhakti" policy. In addition to the scenario of Araria itself, the prime minister's theme was to attack Congress as responsible for creating a narrative of "Hindu terror" as part of the broader theme of the BJP campaign.

"The country witnessed two types of politics – bhakti and desh bhakti. The first was on display when, following the Nov. 11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, the government of the day did not go after Pakistan to spur terror.

"On the contrary, he opted to forfeit investigations in many cases of terror, presenting the theory of Hindu terror. Desh bhakti was demonstrated by us when the terrorist attack Uri was answered with a surgical attack and Pulwama was followed by air strikes, "Modi told an election rally here.

He asked, "How could they work for Bharat Mata (India) when they sit down with the gang? Tukde tukde?"

Although Modi referred to Batla House in the context of the doubts raised about the outcome of the IAF air strikes at Balakot, his remarks come just as the BJP was questioned by Congress and others about Sadhvi Pragya Thakur's statement about Karkare.

While Modi was speaking in Araria, which is on the list of the country's 115 backward districts, the head of the Congress, Rahul Gandhi, spoke about 50 km away in Supaul, while the battle of the Koshi region intensified on Saturday .

In addition to increasing the agreement with the Rafale and the failure of the Modi government on the job front, Gandhi focused mainly on the promises made in the Congress manifesto, including the NYAY scheme (providing Rs 72,000 a year to five crore poor families), loan waiver , job creation and a separate budget for agriculture.

In addition to Araria and Supaul, three more constituencies – Madhepura, Khagariah and Jhanjharpur – from this region will go to the polls on 23 April. Araria will attend a direct dispute between RJD and BJP with Pradip Kumar Singh, who lost to Taslimuddin in 2014. Sarfaraz Alam won the seat in the 2018 election after his father's death.

Rahul's decision to address the Supaul demonstration has created some discomfort in the grand alliance with RJD leader Dinesh Prasad Yadav, standing as an independent member of parliamentary leader Ranjeet Ranjan. Although RJD leaders are not campaigning for Dinesh Yadav, they did not even appear at the Gandhi rally.

Although Gandhi in his speech repeatedly called Ranjeet Ranjan as a candidate for the great alliance (mahagathbandhan), the absence of the RJD leadership was a clear sign of bitterness due to Pappu Yadav's contest with RJD Sharad Yadav at Madhepura.

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