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Narendra Modi, Amit Shah in Bhopal updates: PM says since Mahagathbandhan isn't working, Congress looking for allies outside India

Narendra Modi in Bhopal LIVE updates: Accusing the Congress of colluding with foreign powers to gain power in India, Modi said that in an attempt to gain power in India, the Congress is now looking outside India to make an alliance.

FP Staff September 25, 2018 15:40:03 IST
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Narendra Modi, Amit Shah in Bhopal updates: PM says since Mahagathbandhan isn't working, Congress looking for allies outside India

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Local leader arrested for trying to release black balloons during Modi rally 

Lokendra Gurjar, a local leader in Madhya Pradesh who heads the SC/ST, OBC Ekta Manch party, was arrested Tuesday ahead of Prime Minister Narendra  Modi's rally in Bhopal. Gurjar, along with his party workers and MLAs  was attempting to release black hydrogen-filled balloons during the prime minister's address. 

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Sept 25, 2018 - 15:31 (IST)

Opposition's mudslinging will ensure lotus blooms, says Narendra Modi

"The Opposition is indulging in mud-slinging because it finds it easier than debating on issues like development," Modi said in an apparent reference to allegations on Rafale deal. He said, "They did not leave any expletives in the book in abusing me. But they can continue their mudslinging. Their own advisors will tell them that the more muck they fling on us, the wider the lotus will bloom."

Sept 25, 2018 - 15:15 (IST)

Desperate Congress looking for alliance partners outside India, says Modi

Accusing the Congress of colluding with foreign powers to gain power in India, Modi said that in an attempt to gain power in India, the Congress is now looking outside India to make an alliance. Without naming anyone or any particular nation, Modi said, "Will an outsider, a foreigner tell who should be India's prime minister," Modi said. 

Sept 25, 2018 - 15:11 (IST)

 'Votebank politics destroyed India like termites, must end it' says PM

 "The politics of votebank has destroyed India like termites. It has been used to divide India for years. We must end it," Modi said. He also claimed that the politics of votebank has introduced a policy paralysis in the government. Citing the anti-triple talaq law as an example, Modi said that the practice is not acceptable even in Islamic countries, but here a party that’s run by a woman herself is not concerned about Muslim women; this is the worst form of vote-bank politics," Modi said. 

Sept 25, 2018 - 15:07 (IST)

Congress party a burden on nation, says Modi

"After losing power, the Congress party has even lost its balance. It has become completely empty and has been reduced to a burden on the nation," Modi said criticising the Congress party. 

Sept 25, 2018 - 15:04 (IST)

Congress not ready to introspect on poll loses, sasy Modi

"The Congress party has been playing votebank politics since ages. But a party which has scores of ex-ministers CMs and governors has lost election after election," Modi said. 

"Congress will not introspect why it has been reduced to 44 seats in Lok Sabha because of its arrogance," Modi said. 

Sept 25, 2018 - 15:01 (IST)

Congress in MP's enemy, says Narendra Modi

"Congress was the party that treated Madhya Pradesh as their enemy. Till the time the UPA was in power at Centre, they tried every trick in the book to impede the BJP government's work," Modi said. He said that the state has only started growing by leaps and bound after the BJP came to power at the Centre. 

He urged the people that this was the time  to show the Congress party their place. 

Sept 25, 2018 - 14:49 (IST)

BJP most tolerant party, PM tells workers at rally in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh

"We are a party that welcomes and follows the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi, Deendayal Upadhyay and Syama Prasad Mukherjee. We welcome all stream of thoughts," Narendra Modi said. He said that it is because of this that the principle of humanity at the core of BJP. 

Sept 25, 2018 - 14:46 (IST)

We are taking ahead Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya's ideology 

"BJP has taken forward the work started by Deen Dayal Upadhyay and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. I am fortunate to have a chance to serve the people," Modi said. 

Sept 25, 2018 - 14:36 (IST)

Proud to see BJP as the world's largest political party, says Narendra Modi

"BJP has a government in at least 19 states of the nation, and that is a matter of immense pride. But I take even greater pride in the fact that the BJP has become the world's largest political party," Narendra Modi said. 

Sept 25, 2018 - 14:30 (IST)

Congress has no agenda, no basis to seek votes: Amit Shah

"The Congress party made Madhya Pradesh a 'bimaru state', they took Madhya Pradesh's contribution to the GDP even lower than what it was before independence. On what basis will it ask for votes?" Amit Shah asked. 

Narendra Modi in Bhopal Latest updates: Accusing the Congress of colluding with foreign powers to gain power in India, Modi said that in an attempt to gain power in India, the Congress is now looking outside India to make an alliance. Without naming anyone or any particular nation, Modi said, "Will an outsider, a foreigner tell who should be India's prime minister," Modi said.

"The politics of votebank has destroyed India like termites. It has been used to divide India for years. We must end it," Modi said.  

"We are a party that welcomes and follows the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi, Deendayal Upadhyay and Syama Prasad Mukherjee. We welcome all stream of thoughts," Modi said.

Narendra Modi addressed the party workers in BJP lauding them for their immense hardwork to strengthen the party. He said that under Amit Shah's leadership, BJP has created a buzz in other regional and national parties.

Amit Shah addressed a massive congregation of BJP workers in Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal. Lauding his party for its recent electoral successes, Shah urged the BJP workers to take a vow to ensure BJP's win in coming 5 Assembly polls and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address a mega congregation of BJP workers in the capital city of poll-bound Madhya Pradesh.

BJP president Amit Shah will also speak at the event, 'Karyakarta Mahakumbh' (grand assembly of party workers), being held on the occasion of birth anniversary of Hindutva icon and Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) co-founder Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. The event, to be held at Jambooree Maidan in the BHEL locality, will be the "world's largest congregation of political workers," state BJP spokesman Sarvesh Tiwari said.

"BJP president Amit Shah will also address party workers on the occasion," he said. The venue has been named as "Atal Mahakumbh Parisar" in memory of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away in New Delhi in August. Modi will arrive at the Bhopal airport around noon and will reach the venue in a helicopter along with other BJP leaders to avoid inconvenience to people, party leaders said.

Narendra Modi Amit Shah in Bhopal updates PM says since Mahagathbandhan isnt working Congress looking for allies outside India

File image of Narendra Modi. PTI

The prime minister will remain in the state capital for nearly three hours, they said. BJP workers from 65,000 polling booths spread across the 230 Assembly seats in the state will take part in the programme, said Rajnish Agrawal, another state BJP spokesman. An exhibition hall named after BJP leader and former Union minister, late Anil Madhav Dave, has also been set up at the rally site.

"It will showcase the journey and works of BJP stalwarts, including Vajpayee, Modi and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan," Agrawal said. In the exhibition, BJP and BJS stalwarts - Upadhyaya, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, Vajpayee, Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia and Kushabhau Thakre - have been depicted as the five strong pillars of the BJP, he said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), established in 1980, is the successor party of the BJS. The party has booked nine special trains from different parts of the state to bring BJP workers for the event, Agrawal said. Police have made elaborate security arrangements for the high-profile event and also Modi's visit.

"We have made adequate security arrangements for the visit of prime minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday by deploying nearly 6,000-strong force, including 4,000 personnel from the central and reserve forces," Inspector General (IG) Bhopal Jaideep Prasad told PTI. Nearly 22 senior IPS officers have been deployed to coordinate security details, he said.

Along with Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram will also go to polls by the year-end. Modi and Shah, two-star poll campaigners of the BJP, will be in Bhopal days after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi visited the state capital. Gandhi held a roadshow and later addressed Congress workers and office-bearers during his 17 September visit.

Both the national parties are in poll campaign mode in the state, where the BJP is in power since 2003. While the saffron outfit will seek a fourth straight term in office in the year-end elections, the Congress will look to wrest power from the BJP in a state which was once its stronghold.

With inputs from PTI

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