Modi first PM to create divide on religious lines for votes: Sharad Pawar | India News

MUMBAI/NASHIK: While PM Modi was in the city for a road show on Wednesday to woo voters for Mumbai North East candidate Mihir Kotecha, this was countered by NCP (SP) chief Sharad Pawar who campaigned for MVA candidate Sanjay Dina Patil in the same constituency on the eve of Modi’s visit. Addressing a rally in Kanjurmarg East on Tuesday night, Pawar strongly criticized Modi and said “official power was being blatantly misused during the Modi era in the past ten years.”
He alleged whoever criticised Modi was being jailed and this was unwarranted.
In another rally in Dindori LS constituency on Wednesday, Pawar said Modi is the first PM to create a divide on religious and caste lines to garner votes. At a rally at Vani, he said the aim of the PM should be to keep different sections of society united. “However, instead of keeping the country united, PM Modi is doing exactly the opposite. He is creating a divide between castes and religions to garner votes during the LS polls,” Pawar said.
In Mumbai, Pawar said prices of LPG cylinders had doubled in ten years. Recalling that during LS elections in 2019, Modi had urged women to “salute cylinders” while going to vote, Pawar accused the BJP govt of being responsible for rising prices of gas cylinders, petrol and diesel. He said the govt was to be blamed for inflation which impacted the common man.
Pawar said there were many youths in the country who were restless and unemployed. “Instead of giving jobs to them, BJP was shifting factories and industries from here to Gujarat,” he said, advising Gujarat govt to set up its own factories and not take away factories from Maharashtra.
At the same rally, UBT Sena MP Sanjay Raut said “if we want to save democracy, everyone has to take the responsibility of sending this Kamalabai (referring to BJP) to the old-age home.”
He said one should remember “BJP is the enemy of all of us, and therefore we have decided to take up mashal (flaming torch). Everyone wants to fight this battle in Maharashtra under the leadership of Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray and Rahul Gandhi. Mumbai was built by the late Balasaheb Thackeray. So whether it is Modi or Amit Shah coming to Mumbai, we have all decided only to take the mashal in hand.”
He termed the Modi govt as the govt of businessmen. “His only strength is that of ED and CBI. If we want to save democracy, we should vote for Sanjay Dina Patil,” he told the gathering.

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