Modi, Manmohan at it again; history, geography the latest battlefield

Nov 10 2013, 20:57 IST
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Narendra Modi and Manmohan Singh have been exchanging barbs over a number of issues in the past few days (PTI image) Narendra Modi and Manmohan Singh have been exchanging barbs over a number of issues in the past few days (PTI image)
SummaryModi hit back at PM, saying Congress was responsible for Partition and neglect of freedom fighters.

A combative Narendra Modi hit back at the Prime Minister on Sunday for his attack on BJP, saying the Congress committed the "sin" of partition and eulogised only the Nehru-Gandhi family while neglecting heroes of the freedom struggle.

Modi trained his guns on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who had on Saturday said in Raipur that on many occasions, "over-excited BJP leaders change history and geography of the country". Singh's remarks appeared to be directed at BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate.

"Mr Prime Minister, I am aware that it is not in your hands what you should say or not say. But the country wants to know who changed the geography of India. The village in which you were born was a part of Hindustan. Today it is not. Who changed the geography. Who broke this country into pieces?" Modi said while inaugurating a multi-specialty hospital managed by a Muslim trust in Balassinor in Kheda district, about 100 km from Ahmedabad.

Singh was born on September 26, 1932 in Gah, a remote village, now in Pakistan's Punjab province.

Modi charged that "it is the Congress which committed the sin of dividing India into two parts".

"You say we are changing the geography. Every so often China creates problems on our borders. It has captured hundreds of square kms of our territory. Who changed this geography? It was changed during Congress rule," Modi said.

Taking the Prime Minister to task on his speech made in Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh, Modi said it would have been better if the Prime Minister had spoken on how to tackle price rise and corruption.

"I was hearing PM's speech yesterday when he was speaking in Chhattisgarh. It would have been better if PM spoke on price rise, corruption but he was talking history and geography," Modi said.

During his address, Singh had also said "The people of Chhattisgarh and India are aware that parties that talk big are not capable of coming to power...we should alert the people about parties which have communal ideology but are talking about secularism to mislead people."

Modi said that he fully agreed with PM when he said that those who talk big cannot achieve success.

"I fully agree with you. You cannot achieve success with big talks and the 2012 Gujarat Assembly elections is an example. Big talkers were rejected," Modi said, referring to BJP's victory in last year's Assembly polls.

Modi further alleged that the Centre wants to change the

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