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Modi brushes off Pragya's Godse remarks in last poll rally

IANS  |  Khargone (MP) 

brushed aside his party's embarrassment over the controversy sparked by candidate Pragya Thakur's comments praising Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse, as he addressed his last rally of the election on Friday in Madhya Pradesh, exuding confidence about the ruling BJP-led NDA winning over 300 seats.

Modi almost invited himself to head the next government.

Modi offered anticipatory thanks to the crowd at for deciding to make him again. People will elect a majority government for the second time in a row after decades, he said.

"The whole nation from to Kanyakumari, from Kutch to Kamrup is saying - Ab ki baar, 300 paar, phir ek baar Modi sarkar (This time, we will cross 300 seats to elect again)," Modi said adding "The BJP-led NDA is the choice of 130 crore Indians."

"This Sunday when you go to cast your vote you will be scripting history. After decades you will elect a majority government for a second time in a row," Modi told voters.

The fourth and last phase of the Lok Sabha polls in the state will be held on May 19, along with the seventh and last phase in the country.

Modi also sought to link the places where he held his first and last rallies of the current Lok Sabha poll campaign with the nation's freedom struggle.

"My election campaign started from Meerut, Now the last rally is being held in Khargone, From a historical perspective, there is a connection between and Khargone, which is often overlooked. Both the cities are associated with the 1857 War of Independence," he said, adding that both cities have inspired nationalism.

"In Meerut, Indian soldiers rebelled against the British and in Khargone, freedom fighter led a tribal agitation and attained martyrdom," he said.

"The election of 2019 is different from all the previous elections. In this poll, people of are voting for their country and not for any party. They are voting to build a 'New India'," Modi said.

Modi said the has not condemned H.D. Kumaraswamy's remark that "those who don't get a square meal join the and become jawans". He asked people to "never forgive" the for its ally's remarks.

Modi invoked freedom fighter and socialist thinker to target the saying Lohia, 50 years ago, told that the most important issues facing women were water and sanitation.

"I am fulfilling Lohia's wish. After constructing toilets and giving dignity to women, I will focus my next term on ensuring clean drinking water," he said.



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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 22:00 IST