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  • 'Toothache' keeps Narendra Modi out of action
    Wednesday perhaps was the first time that Gujarat CM Narendra Modi cancelled all his public functions for the day, and even a cabinet meeting, due to a presumed toothache.
    'Toothache' keeps Narendra Modi out of action editor editor on Thursday, May 9, 2013 reviews [0]
    Gandhi Nagar.Wednesday perhaps was the first time that Gujarat CM Narendra Modi cancelled all his public functions for the day, and even a cabinet meeting, due to a presumed toothache.

    Though there wasn’t any official communication from the state government about the chief minister’s health, rumours in the secretariat had it that he was suffering from toothache.

    Modi was to inaugurate fifth annual national workshop on ‘Securing Livelihood for Sustainable Forest Management’, which started at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar on Wednesday. Delegates from 14 states and the funding agency, Japan International Cooperation Agency, are participating in the event. He also skipped the weekly cabinet meeting and also the first meet of BJP’s national parliamentary board, which it was believed that he would be attending.

    But BJP sources suggested intra-party politics, and not toothache, as reason for Modi’s day off.

    Sources said that the parliamentary board meeting was scheduled to discuss results of Karnataka Polls and plans for the general elections next year. It was believed that Modi will be given a major role to play here, and an announcement of the same could have been made after the parliamentary board meeting. However, no such topic was included in the discussions. This may have irked Modi and the toothache was cited as reason to skip the meeting and express his dissatisfaction.

    Yet another rumour doing the rounds was that Modi felt misled by BJP for assembly elections in Karnataka. It was anticipated, much in advance, that the saffron party wouldn’t be coming to power in the southern state. No top leader, including Modi, was willing to campaign and take the blame of being ineffective.

    But Modi’s first public rally in Bengaluru was successful and he was advised by national saffron leaders to campaign in Mangalore and Belgaum as well. Now, after a dismal performance in the elections, Modi’s image as a popular leader may be affected.
                               

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