Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday hailed the elevation of the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as the chairman of the Bhartiya Janata Party's Election Campaign Committee for the forthcoming Lok Sabha election.
Badal described Modi's elevation as "a master-stroke and a knock-out punch against a staggering UPA government and Congress party. This has already sent shock-waves in the UPA and completely demoralised it, as is borne out by their nervous reactions of their leaders," said Badal, adding that the political climate in the country clearly pointed towards a strong anti-Congress and anti-UPA wave.
Badal who arrived in Mumbai for a four day official visit this afternoon spoke to Modi over the phone to personally congratulate him.
Badal also spoke to the BJP president Rajnath Singh on the phone soon after an announcement on the BJP's choice came, and congratulated him on the decision. The CM described the development as "a master-stroke" and said that Modi's popularity along with Rajnath Singh's experienced leadership would prove to be a deadly combination, too hot for the Congress to handle.
"Modi's proven appeal to the poor and the middle classes and Rajnath Singh's stature as a leader of masses, especially of the peasants, are factors that even their opponents cannot contest. We are heading towards a landslide win in 2014 ," said the CM.
Badal also conveyed his best wishes to Modi for leading his party and allies to an resounding victory in the Lok Sabha polls. 'You have assumed charge at a time when the country is looking to deliver the clinching blow to the scam-tainted and already staggering UPA led by the Congress party.
Badal expressed the confidence that Modi's experience in managing highly successful election campaigns against the Congress in Gujarat would be an asset to the BJP and allies in the forthcoming poll.
"Modi's stature as a mass-leader, with a strong hold over the grass-root politics, and his long record and reputation as an outstandingly capable administrator would be more than an effective counter to the inept, corruption-laden and confused UPA government at the Centre. His clarity of ideas on development and governance and his highly impressive record as a mass-mobiliser and crowd-puller are great assets for the BJP and allies," Badal said in a statement here.
Commenting on the political climate in the country, Badal said, " The UPA has already overstayed its welcome. People desperately want change. This is the beginning of the end of the scam-tainted UPA govt. Modi's elevation gives a headstart to the BJP and allies in the run up to the elections," said the five-time CM of Punjab.
Badal said that the UPA had let the country down badly on every front. "Rocked by countless scams and other scandals and unprecedented failures on all fronts including, internal and external security , development, price control and peace and communal harmony, the UPA government is like house collapsing under the weight of its own misdeeds and contradictions. All it needs is a little push and it will come crashing down. Modi's appointment as campaign spearhead of the BJP will provide that push," he said.