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Updated: May 2, 2014 11:25 IST

Modi reaches out to farmers

Staff Reporter
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Promises to inter-link rivers so that they could “reap gold”

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi told a public meeting here that he saw a brilliant future for the farmers of Rayalaseema in a ‘Swarnandhra Pradesh’, reassuring them that they would “reap gold” in their fields. This he would fulfil through the inter-linking of rivers in the country if the NDA came to power.

Sharing the dais with Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena Party founder and actor Pawan Kalyan at a mammoth public meeting at B.T. College grounds at Madanapalle on Thursday, Mr. Modi berated the UPA government for rampant corruption.

He appealed to the people to choose between “Scam Andhra Pradesh” and “Scheme Andhra Pradesh” when they vote on May 7.

In Nellore, Modi’s crowd-pulling abilities were apparent as he started off with Bharat mata ki jai, which was greeted with a thunderous response from the crowd.

Mr. Naidu and Mr. Kalyan made scathing attacks on the YSR Congress leadership, with the former describing its chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy as the ‘traitor of Seemandhra’.

Moving to Guntur, Mr. Modi launched an acerbic attack on the Gandhi family saying that the Congress had always insulted leaders from Andhra Pradesh.

“The family has been insulting people of the State for many years. Rajiv Gandhi, when he was not even the PM had insulted the then Chief Minister T. Anjaiah, while P.V Narasimha Rao, the architect of economic reforms, was shown scant respect by his family; even his body was denied entry at the Congress office. And much earlier, Indira Gandhi had tried to scuttle moves to make Sanjeeva Reddy President of India,” Mr. Modi said at the meeting.

The BJP leader also held public meetings in Bhimavaram and Visakhapatnam.

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