Mumbai’s Mango People unimpressed with Narendra Modi as Mahagarjana rally fails to stir the Aam Aadmi
By Newz66.com Mumbai Bureau | Monday, 23rd December 2013
Mumbai’s Mango man on the street was unimpressed with Narendra Modi’s Mahagarjana rally on 22nd December 2013 at the Bandra-Kurla complex in suburban Mumbai as Modi failed to make any crucial announcements or points in his speech.
While the NCP was quick to criticize the BJP and Narendra Modi for what it termed a lack of knowledge about Maharashtra politics, the rock concert-like stage which was dubbed by some media reports as being similar to Barrack Obama’s failed to stir the Aam aadmi burdened with price rise and inflation.
Though several crores were spent on the rally, not to forget the FM radio jingles, hoardings, banners, about 8 lakh theplas, about 2000 cars and another 1000 buses to ferry party workers to and fro and the ubiquitous dial-a-pick-up transport scheme, all this failed to make a lasting impression on the average Mumbaikar.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) slammed Narendra Modi today, saying the statements made by the Gujarat Chief Minister at a rally in Mumbai proved that his knowledge of history was still weak.
“Modi’s knowledge of history proves to be weak again. Since 1960, Maharashtra has had only 17 chief ministers and not 26 as claimed by Modi,” NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said here today.
“Also, the local body tax (LBT), whose implementation in Maharashtra Modi opposed today, is not an exclusive feature of this state. All the states with no octroi have LBT.
“Several vehicles from Maharashtra carry goods to northern parts of India. All of these go through Gujarat. Therefore the Motor Vehicle Tax that Gujarat collects is higher. On the other hand, lesser number of vehicles come from Gujarat in Maharashtra. Modi has wrongly interpreted this fact to present Gujarat positively,” he said.
“Modi’s allegation about not getting permission to place the gates of Sardar Sarovar Project holds no ground. Since Madhya Pradesh has failed to rehabilitate affected people, the permission for the gates is pending. Therefore even we are deprived of electricity,” Mr Malik said.
“The donation of Rs. 25 crore (which BJP state leaders made to Rajnath Singh at the rally) is given by diamond merchants. BJP has already begun the loot,” he said.
Majority of the crowd for Modi’s rally was from Gujarat, he said.
“Modi’s slogan is ‘Vote for India’. We say ‘Vote for Bharat’. The forthcoming election will witness a fight between India and Bharat,” Mr Malik said.
With inputs from PTI