Lucknow : The opposition lost the battle at two fronts on Sunday. It could not stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi from addressing a meeting at Baghat at the ” door” of Kairna which will be go to the by-polls on Monday. Nor could it persuade people from attending the meeting who turned up in large numbers, braving the summer Sun. Modi noted it,too. ” To see so many people in this hot weather, I am convinced that they are happy with the direction the country is moving to”.The main objection to the rally had been made by the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) which has fielded a candidate in Kairna who is being backed by three major parties, the SP, the BSP and the Congress. The party had made a formal complaint to the Election Commission in this regard.It had feared that he would say things which could impact the by- election on Monday. The party had made a reference to the Code of Conduct in this regard.The EC probably did not pay any heed to it because Baghpat is not a part of Kairna Lok Sabha seat where elections will be held tomorrow (May 28). Kairana is about 50 kilometers away from Baghpat.Though he did not directly talk about the by-poll but he did address the main issues facing the farmers in this part of Uttar Pradesh. Sugarcane is one of the main crops grown in the area. But neither do they get a remunerative price nor receive payment on time. They face additional worries on these counts.He assured them that every possible effort would be made to see that there was no delay in payment. Per quintal price of sugarcane has been already raised by Rs 5.5, he said.The PM who dedicated to the nation two major road projects, Eastern Peripheral Expressway and Delhi- Meerut Expressway also recalled his government decision to create sub-categories in OBC category and role of the Congress party”s in this case.”We want to appoint a Commission for the purpose and want to give it a constitutional power. But the party is creating one hurdle after another to prevent appointment of this Commission”.He also referred to a ” rumour” being spread by the party that it has proposed to bring share-cropping under the GST and charge 18 per cent tax.” There is no such proposal. It is just a rumour”.The Congress continued to be the butt of his jokes. ” For me the country is a Parivar and for the Congress Parivar is the country”, he said to the loud clapping by the crowd.As his government has entered the fifth and final year, Modi highlighted the achievement of his government in last four years and compared them to last ten years of the Congress rule. ” The country progressed speedily during this period at all fronts”.The result of the by-election will be known only on the last day of the month. It will be the first “test” of the opposition unity shown during the swearing-in of the Congress-JDS government in Karnataka last week. Leaders of 12 non-BJP parties were present on the occasion including those with faith in leftist ideologies.However, by the JDS publicly acknowledging differences over allotment of portfolios to the Congress and BSP leader Mayawati putting some conditions for alliance during the general elections, the signs are not encouraging for the opposition unity.
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