Modi denounces politics of casteism but doesn’t comment on Dalit controversy

GORAKHPUR (UP): Denouncing politics of casteism and nepotism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday pitched for a BJP government in Uttar Pradesh to promote politics of development but skipped any mention of the raging controversy surrounding Dalits.
“You (people) don’t need those who play politics of casteism and nepotism. You have filled everyone’s pocket but has your pocket been filled. My dear youths, nepotism and poison of casteism will not help in development. Support politics of ‘visasvad’ (development). I am here to urge you to bless me with your support as you have done earlier (in Lok Sabha polls),” he said at a public meeting in an apparent attack on the main opposition parties in the state without naming them.
Exhorting the people of poll-bound UP to shun politics of family, Modi said, “There has been enough of family and caste politics. You supported everybody. But did they support you as well? Were youths and farmers benefited?”
In a speech delivered after laying foundation stone for an AIIMS and revival of a sick fertiliser plant, Modi skipped any ref-erence to the raging controversy stoked by one of his party leader’s attack on Mayawati or the violence against Dalits in Gujarat.
He focused his speech on his efforts to boost state’s development saying the chariot of development can run only when both the wheels were balanced and strong. “One wheel is of eastern India and another one is of western states. If only one is strong, the development chariot will not move at a high speed,” he said.
The Prime Minister said if the second green revolution will start then it will start from eastern UP.

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