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Ajay tells district Cong leaders to adopt Modi ‘style'

Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Ajay Singh surprised everyone when he praised Narendra Modi and asked the District Congress Committee (DCC) presidents to emulate the way the Gujarat chief minister mingles with people in villages and provides immediate solution to their problems.

bhopal Updated: Sep 08, 2012 14:05 IST
HT Correspondent

Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Ajay Singh surprised everyone when he praised Narendra Modi and asked the District Congress Committee (DCC) presidents to emulate the way the Gujarat chief minister mingles with people in villages and provides immediate solution to their problems.

Singh was speaking to party delegates on Friday, the second day of the extended Pradesh Congress Committee meeting.

Singh suggested that despite the Congress being in the Opposition, its cadre could do a lot to endear people by reaching out to them, listening to their problems and attempting to resolve them. “Modi’s one style impressed me. Every month he goes out to some small place with his ministerial colleagues carrying their tiffin along. There they sit with the locals, listen to their problems and provide immediate solutions. I also adopted the same style and found it useful. I would suggest you all to adopt the same style and reach out to people in your respective districts and blocks and have a dialogue with the people at the grassroots,” the Congress leader said.

Singh told his party colleagues that Congress workers, despit, being in the Opposition party, can do a lot in helping common people. “There is problem of kerosene shortage, PDS outlets not giving foodgrains to poor and selling it in the black market instead, omission of names in the BPL list and so on. You can definitely help them in such tasks and it would bring Congress back into currency,” he said.

Bhopal District Congress Committee (DCC) president PC Sharma suggested that “aggression” was the only way to combat the BJP. He has nothing to do with Buddhism, which preaches nonviolence. The sanctity of Sanchi would be ruined if Rajapaksa visits the place.”

The MDMK leader confirmed that September 5 he had written a letter to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan asking him to not allow the Sri Lankan president to visit Sanchi. “I have also written to BJP leaders LK Advani, Jaswant Singh, Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Nitin Gadkari separately on the issue,” said Vaiko. He, however, has not received a response from Chouhan as yet.

Meanwhile, protests against Rajapaksa’s visit to Sanchi have also begun in the cyber world. Rajesh Sundaram, a journalist who covered the Sri Lankan war from 1999 to 2009, has floated an online petition addressed to Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj asking her to intervene in the matter. Sanchi falls in Vidisha constituency that Swaraj represents in Parliament. The petition calls Rajapaksa’s regime “genocidal.” PM opted out of coal observed “rational bidding would ensure that the cost of coal through the competitive bidding route is less than that of coal sourced from Coal India Limited or imports”. But state government representatives felt “there may not be any need for change if the screening committee procedure” was made more transparent. Nair decided that the cabinet note proposing competitive bidding would be amended to take into account the concerns of state governments where the blocks were located. The then coal secretary PC Parakh said: “Out of the 146 coal blocks available for allocations to approved end users, 86 have been allotted to various companies. With the passage of time, the number of coal blocks available for allocation is declining... application numbers are increasing... making the selection vulnerable to criticism on ground of lack of transparency... in this context the ministry of coal proposes to introduce competitive bidding.”