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Inside story of PM Modi’s (feet) touching moment with Parkash Singh Badal in Varanasi

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Getting Badal to Varanasi was no mean feat for Modi

There was a lot of talk, especially in BJP circles, about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s humility and ‘sanskar’ when he touched the feet of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron Parkash Singh Badal after filing his nomination papers for the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency last month.

What no one talked about was how many extra miles the BJP had to travel to bring the former Punjab chief minister on board for Modi’s nomination filing.

Parkash Singh Badal was reluctant to come to Varanasi and wanted to send his son Sukhbir to join other NDA leaders for a show of unity and strength. Modi was, however, keen that Badal Sr be there.

The SAD patron then told his emissaries that he was not well and couldn’t take any small chartered flight because he wouldn’t be able to bend. He wanted a jet so he didn’t have to bend. So keen was the prime minister on the veteran leader’s presence that he got a jet organised for his travel.

The grapevine has it that Badal Sr was reluctant to come to Varanasi as he had been upset with Modi for a long time.

When he was the chief minister, Badal, accompanied by a senior Punjab official, had gone to meet the prime minister in Delhi. After greeting Badal, Modi turned to the official and gave him a dressing down for half-an-hour for ruining Punjab’s economy.

The message was not lost on Badal Sr: The PM’s lecture was directed at him. He remembered that meeting when the missive came from Modi to come to Varanasi.

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Why Congress has left Urmila Matondkar clueless

Actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar must be wondering about the ways her party, the Congress, operates.

The Congress candidate from Mumbai North wanted to campaign for the party outside Mumbai once voting was over in her Lok Sabha constituency on 29 April.

She kept offering her services for campaigning to party leaders, and was willing to campaign anywhere in the country. For inexplicable reasons, though, those sitting in Delhi and managing the Congress campaign were not excited about her offer. She kept waiting for a word from the party but in vain.

(Contributor: DK Singh)

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  1. Prof PK Sharma,Freelance Journalist,Barnala (Punjab)

    ” Getting Badal to Varanasi…….” speaks volumes of NaMo’s dual face.
    I had no doubt at all that he will go to any extent to win 2019 polls
    by hook or crook . Ultimately, he succeeded in manipulating and
    hijacking this poll somehow or the other in the disguise of a fine
    and indispensable leader !

    The mandate is being deemed spectacular in the circles but mandate
    at the sametime is also reflecting scars of mistrust and suspicion !

    The protests pertaining to the bungling in the EVMs and partisan role
    of the Election Commission of India offer a lot of impetus to credibility
    deficit theories enveloping the polls raising fingers at the free, fair, fearless
    and transparent conduct of polls !

    Though NaMo is in the hot seat once again but masses’ coming to streets and
    roads demanding conducting of polls through ballot papers instead of EVMs
    doubting the veracity of polls is quite sensitive and grave a development !

    Prof PK Sharma, Freelance Journalist
    Pom Anm Nest, Barnala (Punjab)

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