UP elections: Understanding Modi’s kabristan remark


modirallyMonday witnessed a high voltage campaign in Uttar Pradesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “If you create a kabristan (graveyard) in a village, then a shamshaan (cremation ground) must be created. If you give electricity uninterrupted during Ramzan, then it should be given for Diwali too without a break.

There should be no discrimination, Modi said. What led the prime minister to make such a heavy duty comment? Several pollsters say that the statement indicated a clear shift in the BJP’s strategy. It was aimed at pointing out the pro-minority stand taken by the Samajwadi Party and such a statement will help engineer counter-polarisation, pollsters say.

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