Taking a dig at Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, senior BJP leader LK Advani said in Gwalior on Saturday that while Modi developed a healthy Gujarat into an excellent state, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan actually turned a BIMARU state into a developed one.
Senior BJP leader LK Advani, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and state BJP president Narendra Singh Tomar are seen during the BJP's Palak-Sanyojak convention in Gwalior. PTI
Advani was speaking at the state BJP’s two-day palak-sanyojak meet in its valedictory session.
“I tell Narendra Modi that Gujarat was a healthy state and you made it a healthier one. Hence, I salute you. But Madhya Pradesh was an ailing state, which Chouhan has not only made healthy, but has also given it a place of pride in the national and international arena. Hence, I congratulate him,” said Advani.
The veteran leader did not stop there.
He even equated Chouhan with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee when it came to humility and achievements.
He said the biggest virtue of Vajpayee was that he was not affected by arrogance, even after so many achievements.
“Shivraj is same. He remains humble even after so many achievements in Madhya Pradesh”, Advani added.
Praising Chouhan’s Ladli Laxmi scheme and Mukhyamantri Teerth Darshan Yojna, the veteran BJP leader said while more than 14 lakh girls were benefitted by the former, none other government in the country launched a scheme as novel as the latter.
“After becoming the President, Pranab Mukherjee first honoured Chouhan,” he reminded the assembled crowd.
Talking of Modi and Chouhan in the same breath, Advani said both have big roles to play in making India a leading nation of the world.
It may be recalled that in the BJP national meet in Delhi last March, the BJP leader had also put Chouhan on the same platform as Modi by speaking of them simultaneously.