Modi's knowledge of history still weak: NCP
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The statements made by Narendra Modi at BJP's Mumbai rally proved that the party's prime ministerial candidate's knowledge of history was still weak, NCP said.
"Modi's knowledge of history proves to be weak again. Since 1960, Maharashtra has had only 17 chief ministers and not 26 as claimed by Modi," NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said.
"Also, the local body tax (LBT), whose implementation in Maharashtra Modi opposed today, is not an exclusive feature of this state. All the states with no octroi have LBT. Several vehicles from Maharashtra carry goods to northern parts of India. All of these go through Gujarat. Therefore the Motor Vehicle Tax that Gujarat collects is higher. On the other hand, lesser number of vehicles come from Gujarat in Maharashtra. Modi has wrongly interpreted this fact to present Gujarat positively," he said.
"Modi's allegation about not getting permission to place the gates of Sardar Sarovar Project holds no ground. Since Madhya Pradesh has failed to rehabilitate affected people, the permission for the gates is pending. Therefore even we are deprived of electricity," Malik said.
"The donation of Rs 25 crore (which BJP state leaders made to Rajnath Singh at the rally) is given by diamond merchants. BJP has already begun the loot," he said.
Majority of the crowd for Modi's rally was from Gujarat, he said.
"Modi's slogan is 'Vote for India'. We say 'Vote for Bharat'. The forthcoming election will witness a fight between India and Bharat," Malik said.