Tonight on The Buck Stops Here:
On the road to 2014: From Gandhi vs Gandhi battlezone
The Buck Stops Here broadcasts from Jagdishpur, on the crossroads of Amethi and Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh. On the show, we ask people of Jagdishpur of what they think of the Gandhi vs Gandhi battle. Also, an exclusive interview with Rajnath Singh. He tells NDTV that his meeting with Muslim clerics can’t be compared with Sonia Gandhi-Shahi Imam meet as he never asked the religious leaders to make a political appeal. He also attacks Mrs Gandhi for her comment that the BJP will destroy Bhartiyata. He asks the Congress and Mrs Gandhi to learn Bhartiyata first. And finally, a special ground report on the importance of being Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Lucknow and why Rajnath Singh is invoking his legacy.
Chai Stop: Gandhi vs Gandhi – parivaar politics?
On Chai Stop from Jagdishpur, which lies at crossroads of Amethi and Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh, we ask people about their take on the Priyanka Gandhi Vadra vs Varun Gandhi battle.
Rajnath Singh meets clerics, says 'can't compare with Sonia Gandhi-Shahi Imam meeting'
In Lucknow, where over 25% of the electorate is Muslim, BJP President Rajnath Singh has attempted to reach out to Muslim voters by meeting prominent Shia and Sunni Clerics on the campaign trail. The meetings are likely to trigger a big political debate, especially after the BJP pilloried Congress President Sonia Gandhi for her meeting with Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, in New Delhi. Among the leaders Mr Singh met were prominent Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad who, just recently said voting for Congress would be a betrayal of Islam and Sunni cleric Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali. Speaking to NDTV in Lucknow, the BJP President argued that these meetings could not be compared to Mrs Gandhi's meeting with the Shahi Imam in Delhi for which the BJP had accused the Congress of communalising the campaign. He said he wasn't looking for a political fatwa or an appeal for votes along religious lines and would meet religious leaders of all faiths.
In Lucknow, the importance of being Vajpayee
A special ground report on the importance of being Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Lucknow and why Rajnath Singh is invoking his legacy. Also, an interview with Shia cleric Kalbe Jawwad, who compares Rajnath Singh to Mr Vajpayee but says he is scared of Narendra Modi.