Modi speech leads to violent skirmishes in New Delhi



REUTERS

Published — Thursday 7 February 2013

Last update 7 February 2013 4:03 am

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

NEW DELHI: Indian protesters clashed with police yesterday outside the University of Delhi, where Narendra Modi, a divisive contender to run for prime minister within a year, was making a speech to cheering students.
Left-wing student groups waved black flags, shouted “Modi go back” and tussled with police, who swung wooden batons to disperse the crowd of around 200 protesters.
The contrasting receptions inside and outside the packed hall highlighted how much the chief minister of Gujarat state polarises public opinion.
Modi’s record is marred by deadly religious riots in the affluent western state 11 years ago.
In December, he won a fourth consecutive term in office, and since then many in his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), India’s main opposition group, have called for him to lead the party in national elections due by early 2014.
But the memory of the riots, in which more than 1,000 mainly Muslim people were killed, means that even some key regional allies of the BJP fear Modi would alienate national voters.
Modi told more than 1,000 students in a sports auditorium at a prestigious trade college at the university that Asia’s third largest economy should focus on technology and manufacturing for export to improve its global standing.
“The whole world is looking at India as a big marketplace. Why? Because they (other countries) think they can sell here easily. It is the demand of our time to make India a leader in manufacturing and dump our goods in the world market,” he said.
If Modi is nominated as the BJP’s candidate he will likely be competing against Rahul Gandhi, heir to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, India’s most powerful political family, as the man to take over the reins from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom has shared very friendly relations with the United States since the beginning of bilateral ties in the 1930s when full diplomatic relations were established. Despite all the ups and downs in recent years on certain policies, especially on...
AL-NAIRIYA: Women in Al-Nairiya governorate have called on the government to only allow gender-based voting because they believe this would allow women to get places on the new municipal councils.Nouf Al-Otaibi, a businesswoman in the area, said men...
RIYADH: Women in Saudi Arabia have been allocated a package of services to ensure their development and employment, Labor Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani said Tuesday.The minister was speaking at the first panel discussion at the second National Business...
JEDDAH: Security authorities in Turaif in the Northern Border Province have arrested a young man in his 20s for killing his parents and wounding his siblings at their house on Wednesday.The arrested man reportedly used a sharp object to kill his pare...
The Date and Palm Festival, organized by the Royal Commission for Jubail (RCJ) at the Al-Fanateer waterfront in Jubail Industrial City, has received more than 90,000 visitors since its launch last Thursday.In addition, on Sunday the event received mo...
JEDDAH: Over two million animals would be available for slaughter this Haj season, according to the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI).Suleiman Al-Jabri, chairman of the JCCI’s livestock traders committee, said that more than 1 million sh...

Stay Connected

Facebook