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Updated: April 10, 2014 19:14 IST

Modi has dominated TV, but Congress firmly on the ground, says Azad

Ahmed Ali Fayyaz
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Senior Congress leader and Union Minister of Health Ghulam Nabi Azad casting his vote at a polling station at Delhi Public School in Jammu on Thursday. Photo: Ahmed Ali Fayyaz
The Hindu Senior Congress leader and Union Minister of Health Ghulam Nabi Azad casting his vote at a polling station at Delhi Public School in Jammu on Thursday. Photo: Ahmed Ali Fayyaz

Polling is in progress at a brisk note since Thursday morning in all the four districts of Jammu, Samba, Rajouri and Poonch.

Senior Congress leader and Union Minister of Health Ghulam Nabi Azad declined to comment on the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's personal life, when asked about the latter's declaration of marriage with a hitherto unknown woman, but appeared confident about his party’s return to power at the Centre in the current Lok Sabha elections.

After casting his vote at Jogigate polling station set up at Delhi Public School here on Thursday, Mr Azad, unlike his party colleague Digvijay Singh, told the media that Mr Modi's disclosure was a “personal matter between the husband and the wife”. “I won't comment on it”, he asserted before departing for a heavy campaigning schedule in his home district of Doda.

Polling is scheduled to be held in Udhampur-Doda constituency in the second phase in Jammu and Kashmir on April 17. Mr Azad is in a tough electoral battle in Udhampur-Doda with BJP's Dr Jitendra Singh.

Asked about reports of a “Modi wave” in Jammu and many parts of the country, Mr Azad quipped: “This Modi wave is limited to TV. He has dominated the TV but the Congress is firmly placed on the ground”. He added, ”We have seen them in the last 35 years. This Mandir and Article 370 rhetoric will only prove counterproductive for them as it's only the result of their frustration. We have had UPA in 2004 and 2009 and there's no doubt we are going to have UPA-14”, Mr Azad said.

Earlier, mediapersons watched an interesting situation when Mr Azad asked for his ballot but the Presiding Officer insisted on producing proof of the voter's identity. He made clear to Mr Azad that he knew him by face but needed to be sure of his being a registered voter at Jogigate-F polling station. As Mr Azad was not carrying his photo identity card or the Electors Photo Identity Card, Congress candidate Madan Lal Sharma’s polling agents gave a verbal undertaking in Mr Azad's favour. None of the candidates' agents offered objection and Mr Azad exercised his franchise.

There are 19 candidates in the fray in Jammu, a constituency of 18.48 lakh voters, which has 2,200 polling stations. 80 polling stations have been declared critical.

The real battle appears to be between BJP's Jugal Kishore Sharma and Congress party's Madan Lal Sharma who is seeking mandate for his third consecutive term. Polling is in progress at a brisk note since morning in all the four districts of Jammu, Samba, Rajouri and Poonch.

Modi has dominated TV but Congress is firm on the ground - This guy is amazing, truly Ostrich-Like

from:  Suresh
Posted on: Apr 10, 2014 at 16:09 IST

Those who are raising their eye-brows here for questioning the timing
of Modi declaring himself as "married" I would like to tell them all
that once the potential candidate, be it Modi or Rahul or Chidambaram,
the public has the right to know their personal life - precisely past
and present. Their personal life is no more private. The general
public must know whom they are choosing, a satan or saint or a
samaritan. The voters have the right to know everything about the
ministerial candidate, everything, because he is going to be in an
Office with nuclear weapons buttons; he is going to assume an office
where more than 120 crore people's welfare is at stake; he is going to
sit in an office where nearly 50% of the total population are women
and whose well-being is guaranteed by our culture and tradition; and
remember it is our basic right to know in advance 'Who is this
person?'

from:  K.J.Haroon Basha
Posted on: Apr 10, 2014 at 15:38 IST

Bigger communal violence incidents, total collapse of economy and unrest
and chaos in the country is inevitable if the people voted Narendra
Modi's BJP to power. The amount that has been spent on promoting Modi is
unprecedented. More than 10,000 crore Rupees is being spent on his
projection on TVs ads, newspaper ads, mass media, paid writers and
commentators, social media etc. I sincerely pray God to save India from
the perils of Modi's dictatorial regime.

from:  K.J.Haroon Basha
Posted on: Apr 10, 2014 at 14:47 IST

The rules of mankind is that Speech is Silver and Silence is Golden,wait
and watch the News on 16 may 2014. BJP , INC , Other parties ,Na Mo or
No Mo

from:  John
Posted on: Apr 10, 2014 at 14:27 IST

The public will reply to Congress through ballot when this party will realize ground situation prevailing in country. The citizens of country are restless & worried with corrupt & worst governance of Congress.

from:  ashok
Posted on: Apr 10, 2014 at 13:53 IST

And very soon Congress will be seen "Underground" Resting in Turmoil.
Congress dying declaration is very accurate. So it is true that a dying
man does lie.

from:  Kshetij
Posted on: Apr 10, 2014 at 13:51 IST

Its very sad that Modi has dominated all the news channel. If that is the case, the indian population will stop watching the news. It is only because of the people that the news channel are live on TV. I think the news channel should take a note of this.

from:  jessica
Posted on: Apr 10, 2014 at 13:46 IST
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