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PM says ignore irresponsible comments, pitches for harmony

Nawada(Bihar: Breaking his silence amidst the raging row over the Dadri lynching incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Hindus and Muslims should decide whether to fight each other or together overcome poverty while asking the people to ignore "irresponsible" statements of politicians.

"The country has to stay united," Modi asserted while he
invoked President Pranab Mukherjee who underlined the need to
maintain India's core values of diversity, tolerance and

The Prime Minister skipped any reference to the political
controversy over beef until the last of his four rallies in
Bihar at Nawada where he appealed to people to join hands in
fighting communalism.

In his first comments in the wake of lynching of a
50yearold man in Dadri in UP over beef rumours, Modi told
the public meeting, "I have said it earlier also. We have to
decide whether Hindus should fight Muslims or poverty. Muslims
should decide whether to fight Hindus or poverty."

He underlined that the country will benefit only when
Hindus and Muslims together fight poverty and defeat it.

"It is the unity, communal harmony, brotherhood and peace
that will take the nation forward," Modi added.

Asking people to ignore the "irresponsible" statements
made by certain politicians, he said they are doing so for
political interests and it should end.

"I want to tell the countrymen, some small time
politicians are hell bent on making irresponsible statements
for their political interests.... Such statements should
end... I want to urge people not to pay attention to such
statements, even if Narendra Modi himself says (anything like
that)," the Prime Minister emphasised.

His remarks come against the backdrop of controversial
statements made by various politicians, including BJP
Ministers Mahesh Sharma and Sanjeev Balyan and other leaders
like Sakshi Maharaj, Yogi Adityanath and Sangeet Som, as also
SP's Azam Khan and AIMIM leader Assaduddin Owaisi.

Referring to Mukherjee's remarks made yesterday, Modi told
the countrymen, "If you need to pay heed, it should be to the
message and guidance given by the President.

"Yesterday, the President showed the path. Whatever the
head of the country of 125 crore people has said, there can be
no bigger message, no bigger direction, no bigger inspiration
than that."

He said all the countrymen should tread the path shown by
the President and "only then can India meet the expectations
that the world has from us."

Modi said the divisive ways and means of doing politics
for "politicals interests" should end.

Earlier, adressing poll rallies in Munger, Begusarai and
Samastipur, Modi launched a blistering attack on RJD chief
Lalu Prasad for his "Hindus also eat beef" comments calling it
an "insult" to "Yaduvanshis" (Yadav clan), provoking
accusations of attempting to communalise the polls.

While pitching for communal harmony, the Prime Minister
said his government is moving ahead with "this view and

Modi, whose silence on the Dadri beef lynching incident
has been questioned by the opposition, repeatedly targeted
Lalu over his beef remark, terming it as an insult to the
"yaduvanshis" (yadava clan) as also Bihar.

"What all is he saying? What all Yadavs eat? Whatever
position Lalu rose to, it was because of these Yaduvanshis and
he insulted them. What kind of abuses you are hurling at them?
Is it not an insult of Yadavs and Bihar? Do not humiliate the
Yaduvanshis so much. Laluji, these Yaduvanshis helped you to
come to power," said Modi.

He also trashed Lalu's explanation that he made the beef
remark under the influence of "shaitan" (devil).

"I wonder the devil got only his (Lalu) body to enter. I
want to know how the shaitan got the address (of Lalu). The
devil got no other body in entire Bihar, India and the whole
world except that of his. And he also welcomed the devil as if
some relative has come," Modi said.

Modi's repeated reference to Lalu's beef remark drew a
sharp reaction from Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who
termed it as "a brazen attempt to add communal texture to the

"The real Modi on display brazen attempt to add
communal texture to Bihar polls, but deafening silence on
deplorable incident of Dadri," Kumar tweeted.

In another tweet, Kumar said it was for all to see "why
Vajpayee ji was forced to remind him (Modi) to follow Raj
Dharma, but wonder who will do the Vajpayee today ?"

Kumar was referring to the then Prime Minister Atal
Bihari Vajpayee's words during his visit to a relief camp
after the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat when Modi was the
Chief Minister.



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