Raj Nath was addressing the saints at the Mahakumbh, the biggest fair on earth whereas Narendra Modi had cleverly and carefully picked his venue - Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) of Delhi, one of the best commerce and economics colleges in the country - to make his national pitch.
Incidentally, Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) is the alma mater of many leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including Awn Jaitley, Vijay Goel, Jagdish Mukhi and Vijay Jolly. He was therefore quite sure of getting good response from the students there just as Rajnath Singh was certain of getting a good audience at Mahakumbh in Allahabad.While Rajnath also raised the issue of the poor quality of water in the Ganga, expressing solidarity with the river and demanding that 'no city, big or small, should be allowed to discharge, untreated effluents into the Ganga'.
Instead he spoke about computers in the tone of a management consultant donning a Swadesi touch even though he would have never qualified as a student at SRCC, where the percentages demanded for entry are too high. But he managed to mesmerize 1800 students who cheered him repeatedly when he glorified the role of the youth, saying that the US and China were ageing nations and that our youth power would make India the greatest power as predicted by Swami Vivekanand. But there was a difference between the Kumbh and the Delhi meetings.
While Rajnath Singh was also heard with rapt attention, there were no demonstrations against him. But that cannot be said for the Modi lecture in Delhi. He might have thrilled a captive audience but outside the venue there were massive demonstrations against him. Angry leftist students shouted anti-Modi slogans, reported The Times of India. Water cannons were reportedly used to disperse the protesting students. But in Allahabad it was all peaceful. Modi is to visit Allahabad too. Will he forget computers and talk of Ram or Ram temple here?
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