Narendra Modi invokes Vajpayee name to gain acceptability

Aftab Shah  | India News Political Bureau, Srinagar, Sunday June 23, 2013, 17:31 pm (IST)

Controversial leader of Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janta Party Narendra Modi was compelled to invoke the name of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee while addressing a hostile crowd at rally in Pathankot not far from the troubled State of Jammu and Kashmir.

The security forces had a difficult time keeping the crowd at Modi's Sankapl rally under control and the meeting had to be cut short. Addressing a press conference later Modi blamed the UPA government for failing to meet the needs of the Kashmiri Pandits and to provide jobs for youth in the region who were isolated from the mainstream India.

Modi attacked the UPA government for not doing anything after Sarabjeet Singh was fatally attacked by inmates in a Pakistan prison and for hosting Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to a lavish lunch in Jaipur within days of the incident and weeks after Indian soldiers were beheaded by Pakistanis near Line of Control.