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Narendra Modi 'man of destruction', colleague Uma Bharti says in a video
Thursday April 17, 2014 8:03 PM, Agencies

The Congress Thursday released a video that showed BJP leader Uma Bharti as describing her party's prime ministerial candidate as "vinash purush" (man of destruction).

"Innocent Hindus are languishing in jail in Gujarat. Has Narendra Modi done anything about it?" Uma Bharti is seen asking in the video which Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said was recorded in Gujarat a few years back.

"He is not a 'vikas purush' (man of development), he is a 'vinash purush' (man of destruction)," she is heard saying. The BJP leader also dismissed as "fake" claims of economic development in Gujarat.

The video was shown to the press at the daily Congress media briefing.

This is not the first time that Uma Bharati, BJP's candidate from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh, is under the spotlight for taking on Modi. Earlier, another video clip was aired by news channels in which Uma Bharati was shown saying that Modi was not as good an orator as former Prime Minister and BJP veteran Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Apart from accusing Modi of having a dictatorial attitude, the video also shows Uma Bharati pointing out gross anomalies that were deliberately introduced to tamper the statistics of the Gujarat government related to the count of people living below poverty line during Modi's first stint as chief minister of the state.

Uma has been having on-off relations with the BJP ever since she returned to the party fold in 2011. Even before the present elections, she had expressed her desire to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh but was eventually fielded as the BJP candidate from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh. There were reports that BJP also wanted to field her against Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Amethi, but she refused.

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