BHUBANESWAR 1 NOVEMBER 2013 FRIday `4.00 pages 24 LATE CITY edition CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com Sardar’s Secularism Did not Eye Vote Bank: Modi Express News Service New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel belonged to the entire country and not a particular party. He said the Congress brand of secularism was more aimed at vote-bank politics, unlike Patel’s secularism, which united the country. Speaking during the foundation stone laying ceremony of Sardar Patel’s 182-metre statue, billed as the world’s tallest statue, Modi said it was the “Gujarat impact” that forced the Congress-led UPA Government to place advertisements in newspapers on Sardar Patel on his birth anniversary. Otherwise, Government advertisements were reserved for the Nehru-Gandhi family. Indira Gandhi, whose death anniversary fell on Thursday, had a similar number of Government advertisements dedicated to her as Sardar Patel. The Gujarat CM, who is aiming for the top post, took a swipe at Manmohan Singh, saying, “I would really like to appreciate the Prime Minister for saying that Patel was truly secular. We also say Ask Prabhu Post your questions on website www.newindianexpress.com and Prabhu will answer them r a da r Petrol Price Cut by `1.15 New Delhi: Petrol price was on Thursday cut by `1.15 per litre, the second reduction in rates in a month, while diesel prices were raised by 50 paise per litre. P13 Bomb Accused Rearrested New Delhi: Patna serial blast suspect Mehrar Alam was re-arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from Panki, near Kanpur, on Thursday evening. In a major embarrassment for anti-terror agency, Alam managed to give the NIA the slip on Wednesday. P 9 express poll of the day Do you agree with Narendra Modi that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel would have made a better Prime Minister? Yes 90% no 10% Today’s question: Is the Third Front a viable political entity? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com 24 pages, including 4 pages of City Express & 4 pages of LIGHTING UP LIVES Rahul Gets Poll Panel Notice Express News Service New Delhi: Acting on complaints filed by the BJP, the Election Commission has issued a notice to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his speeches in electionbound Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, last week, where he had blamed the BJP for communal riots. The commission on Thursday issued the notice for alleged violations of model code of conduct. Rahul has been given time till 4 November to file his reply. After going through the four complaints filed by the BJP leaders, the Election Commission studied the CDs of Rahul’s two speeches. The commission found two offending portions in his speeches, which found mention in the EC notice. full report: P7 Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi with senior BJP leader L K Advani near the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Bharuch on Thursday l PTI that Patel was truly secular. The country needs Patel’s secularism and not vote- bank secularism.” “He was secular, yet his secularism did not come in the way of building the Somnath temple. Mr Prime Minister, the country needs secularism that does not divide the country, but unites it,” Modi said during the function at Kevadia in Narmada district where Patel’s `2,063 crore statue is being built. Modi’s attack was in response to Singh’s remarks during a speech in Gujarat to inaugurate the Patel museum two days ago, where he, in the presence of the Gujarat Chief Minister, said Patel was known for his secular credentials and belonged to Congress. Manmohan to Visit State After Diwali PM was expected to make an aerial survey of the worst-hit Ganjam district along with Sonia Express News Service naik. Goel told mediapersons that the team will submit its assessment Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister report to the Centre as soon as posManmohan Singh’s proposed visit to sible. Goel praised the efforts of the State cyclone and flood-hit areas of the State, scheduled on November 2, has Government in dealing with cyclone and flood. The team met the affected been postponed. Sources said the Prime Minister’s villagers at many places, but nobody visit to the State will be scheduled complained about not receiving reafter Diwali on November 3. Man- lief, she said, adding that the armohan was expected to make an rangements made by the Governaerial survey of the worst-hit Ganjam ment for the affected were good. “We district along with Congress presi- will do our best,” she said in reply to a question about the extent of damdent Sonia Gandhi. The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has, age caused by the twin calamities. The Central team had a meeting however, criticised the Congress for trying to politicise the issue. Even with senior Government officials led after 15 days of the cyclone, no Cen- by the Chief Secretary. Over 1.2 crore tral leader has vispeople in 17 disited the State, Deptricts of the State uty Chief Whip Sanwere affected by the jay Dasburma said, twin calamities. At adding that this has least 44 people had proved that the Cendied in the calamitre has not taken the ties. twin calamities in The State GovernOdisha seriously. ment had submitted Meanwhile, the a memorandum of 11-member Central `4,242.41 crore for team, headed by n Over 1.2 crore people in 17 the twin calamities Joint Secretary of districts of the State were afand a supplementary the Home Ministry fected by the twin calamities memorandum of Rashmi Goel, re`1,509.09 crore for turned to New Delhi n The State Government had submitted a memorandum of the flood in the secon Thursday after `4,242.41 crore for the twin ond phase on Octomeeting Chief Min- calamities ber 28. ister Naveen Pat-
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