Sharad Pawar reacted after Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the Congress for 'Hindu-Muslim politics'. Latest News India

NCP (SP)'s Sharad Pawar on Wednesday alleged that the recent stand taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi could increase communal tensions in the country instead of bringing communities closer together.

NCP-SCP chief Sharad Pawar addressing a public meeting. (ANI file)

Addressing a rally for his party's candidate Bhaskar Bhagare in Maharashtra's Dandori (ST) Lok Sabha constituency, Sharad Pawar said, “Narendra Modi is the first Prime Minister of the country who has held positions that are different. Increases sectarian tensions between religions. I heard his speech in Nashik today, and it lived up to my expectations of bringing communities and religious groups closer together. Follow complete coverage of Lok Sabha Elections 2024.

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Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded incumbent MP and Union Minister of State for Health Bharti Pawar from Dandori (ST) seat.

Earlier, addressing a rally in the same constituency on Wednesday, PM Narendra Modi alleged that the Congress had planned to allocate 15 per cent of the budget to Muslims during its rule at the Centre.

Sharad Pawar also mentioned the scarcity of water in the region. “Water availability and distribution is a problem in Nasik district. Some of the available water is diverted to Gujarat; what is the state leadership doing about it?” he asked.

'PM's statements are getting weirder': P Chidambaram

Meanwhile, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram also hit out at Modi, saying the prime minister's statements were increasingly outlandish and showed that “his speechwriters have lost their balance”.

“Yesterday, he claimed that if he played the role of Hindu-Muslim divide, he would not be able to live in public life. Today he played his usual game of dividing Hindus and Muslims. Hon'ble Minister Azam's allegation that Dr. Manmohan Singh has planned to spend 15% of the Union Budget on Muslims alone is absolutely false,” wrote P Chidambaram on X (officially Twitter).

“His further allegation that the Congress will present a Muslim budget and a Hindu budget is so outrageous that it can only be called a delusion. Article 112 of the Constitution of India contemplates only an annual financial statement, which is the central There is a budget. How can there be two budgets? In the remaining days of the election campaign, I sincerely hope that the Prime Minister will give up the false accusations and inflammatory claims. Not only the Indian people, the world is watching the statements of the Indian Prime Minister is analyzing them, and they do not bring glory to India,” said the former Union Finance Minister.

'Hindu-Muslims are not doing politics': PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has insisted that he has never been involved in Hindu-Muslim politics, but has criticized the opposition bloc's ambitions to expose the Congress' “game plan of appeasement” and divide people on the basis of religion. Determined to unveil. He accused the Congress of wanting to earmark 15 percent of the central government budget for minorities and vowed not to allow budget allocation or reservation in jobs and education on the basis of religion.

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Addressing two back-to-back election rallies in Maharashtra, where the fifth and final phase of voting for 13 Lok Sabha seats will take place on May 20, Modi attacked the Shiv Sena (UBT), repeatedly calling it a “duplicate”. stated. Shiv Sena, and said the Uddhav Thackeray-led party had shamefully surrendered to the Congress and remained silent on criticism of the Ram temple rituals in Ayodhya.

BJP's star Pracharak Modi also held a road show in Mumbai in the evening. Addressing a rally in Kalyan in Thane district, Modi said that the Congress can never talk of progress, but can only create a rift between Hindus and Muslims.

News agency PTI quoted Modi as saying, “Development for the Congress is the development of the people who vote for them. I expose this ecosystem, and I am accused of doing Hindu-Muslim (politics). is imposed,” news agency PTI quoted Modi as saying. The Prime Minister cited then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's 2006 remarks to attack the Congress.

“The Congress openly said that the minorities have the first right to the country's resources. (Then Prime Minister) Dr Manmohan Singh said that, and I was present in the meeting, and I opposed it. The Congress wanted Allocate 15 percent of the budget for minorities, and divide the budget into a Hindu budget and a Muslim budget,” Modi alleged.

“Should the country be run like this? Congress first divided the country in the name of religion, and now it wants to do the same. If Indian unity comes to power, they will divide the country on religious lines.” We have to keep the country together…. Is it good to accuse the Indian unity and the “prince of Congress” of doing politics of appeasement. Karnataka has become a “laboratory” for giving OBC quota to Muslims.

(with inputs from PTI)

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