Kochi, Feb 9 IBNS | 10 months ago

Addressing a rally in Kochi at a Dalit conclave, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday said in next 100 days a new government in Delhi will put an end to sowing of poison while the Gujarat Chief Minister wooed the backward community saying that the coming decade will be a decade of the marginalized.

"In the next 100 days we will ensure ZEHER Ki KHETI [Fields of Poison, as was referred by Sonia Gandhi while talking about Modi] stops. We all together must make Mother India great," said Modi in Kochi

"Those doing votebank politics are expert at doing zeher ki kheti," he said.

He said justice is our right and "we will no longer keep pleading for justice."

Referring to the Dalit icon Dr. Ambedkar, he said the latter had urged all to "educate, agitate and organise."

"If we want to develop then we must take note of two things. We should not comprise on our children's education," Modi said.

"It is said leaders enrich their families. I have not done anything for my family since I took over. Those in the Government think only one family has done everything. Nobody else has done anything," said Modi taking a jibe at Congress and the Gandhi family.

He said shouldn't Mahatma Ayyankali have a memorial and then said "it seems this noble deed is destined for me to do."

The coming decade is yours, Modi told the gathering holding that the "other Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat is a fisherman."

"In Gujarat we had Rajya Sabha elections and BJP nominated a Dharm Guru of the Dalit community. It will be historic, a fisherman will go to the Rajya Sabha," he said.

"I was told before shifting to CM residence that you should do Puja. I said call the child of Senior SC peon to do Puja. Since my school days, I have been fighting against evils in society," said Modi in his bid to woo the Dalit community.

"I belong to a poor family and from marginalised sections of society. My Mother used to wash utensils and I sold tea," said Modi.

"Coming decade will be the decade for the marginalised sections of society. Mayor of Kochi was supposed to come but did not. Even today I am a victim of (this sort of) untouchability," he said.

Modi said "when we look back the last century, many of the saints, social reformers either belonged to Dalit or backward sections of society."

(Posted on 10-02-2014)

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