Daily Archive: February 9, 2017

UP elections 2017: High-decibel campaign with stalwarts in action ends in west UP

Campaign in the first of seven phased Assembly elections ended on Thursday in 73 seats of western Uttar Pradesh where Prime Minister Narendra Modi staked his all in the fight against SP-Congress alliance and BSP making it essentially a triangular contest. Urging the voters to end the ‘vikas ka vanvas’ (exile of development) and projecting demonetisation as an attack against corruption, Modi and BJP accused SP and BSP of plundering the state over the years and targeted the SP-Congress alliance, saying the two had come together to save themselves.

‘The coolie groped me while carrying me into train’: This woman’s story is something Suresh Prabhu can’t ignore

In the summer of 2008, Virali Modi traveled from Mumbai to New Delhi on Indian Railways for medical purposes. A near-death experience in 2006 had left her wheelchair dependent and she was traveling by the railways for the first time since. As a young women passenger, however, her experience left her distressed and unsettled. When her mother rolled her in on the wheelchair near the entrance of the Mumbai railway station, Modi was taken aback by the abysmal condition the ramp was in. It was marked by beetle juice stains, spit and urine, and blocked by commuters. After much persistence, they finally gave her way.