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New Delhi: It seems the leaders of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) cannot help but use ‘puppy’ and ‘dog’ analogies while making statements. Days after MoS V K Singh’s controversial remark on the killing of two Dalit children in Haryana, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Monday likened party Lok Sabha member Shatrughan Sinha to a dog.

“A dog runs after a car and thinks the car is running because of him,” Vijayvargiya told the media.

Sinha, who has been criticising the BJP for keeping him out of the Bihar elections, said there could have been some difference in the BJP’s showing in the polls had he been projected as the party’s chief ministerial candidate.

The actor-turned-politician also said, “The BJP shall be my first and probably last party. I joined this party when it had two MPs and today it commands a majority.”

In a similar case, on October 22 when asked about the gory killing allegedly by upper castes of two Dalit children in a Haryana village, the former army chief V K Singh said:

“If someone throws stones at a dog, the government is not responsible. It was a feud between two families, the matter in under inquiry. The failure of the administration should not be blamed on the government.”

Reacting to his remarks, Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh said ministers and leaders should be “extra careful” while making any statement on any sensitive issue, ensuring whatever they are saying is not “misinterpreted”.

“We can’t get away by saying that (our) statement was misinterpreted. We need to be extra careful while putting forth our views,” the home minister told media persons.

(With inputs from IANS)

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India Begins Its Election Season With Five States

The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh.

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India began on Monday the first of five state elections to be held in coming weeks, important tests for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he plots a course that he hopes will ensure him victory in a general election due by May.

Voters in the central state of Chhattisgarh went to the polls on Monday to elect representatives for 18 of the state assembly’s 90 seats in a staggered poll complicated by logistical problems and left-wing guerrillas.

The state of about 26 million people has been ruled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 2003, and he will be hoping to hold on to power.

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“Some unholy people have handed guns to children who should have pens in their hands,” Modi told a rally in the state on Friday, referring to the rag-tag guerrillas battling government forces from forest hideouts. “They’ve finished the lives of our tribal children.”

Hundreds of election workers had to be flown in to remote polling stations by helicopter because of the danger posed by the rebels.

Modi called for voters to back his BJP and its vision of “development for all.”

The final phase of voting in Chhattisgarh, which is known for its coal, iron ore and bauxite reserves, will be on Nov. 20.

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The BJP was the preference of about 43 percent of voters in Chhattisgarh, 7 percentage points ahead of the main opposition Congress party, according to a survey released last week by the Lokniti-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Modi’s other big tests will be in the neighboring central state of Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP is slightly ahead of Congress, according to polls, and in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, where Congress is expected to emerge victorious.

A good performance by the BJP in the elections would help it deflect growing criticism over unemployment and a crisis in the countryside over falling farm prices and wages.

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Elections will also be held for assemblies in Telangana in the south and Mizoram in the northeast.

The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh, including Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindu priest and the BJP chief minister in Uttar Pradesh state.

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Adityanath has been appealing to the BJP’s Hindu-nationalist base and on Sunday accused the opposition of blocking construction of a temple for Hindu god Ram on a disputed site in Uttar Pradesh.

The destruction of a mosque on the site by a Hindu mob in 1992 sparked deadly riots across the country. (VOA)