The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) should not be used as a political weapon to target opponents, according to Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi.
In a farewell speech to the Gujarat assembly, this statement was seen to reiterate his stated position that he did not believe in politics of vendetta and witch-hunting of which he himself had been a “victim” for the last 10 years.
In an emotional speech at a special session held to felicitate him, Modi, who will be sworn in as the PM on May 26, said, “I may have not spoken much in the House, but I've made it a point to listen to every leader, including the opposition’s.”
He added that people were curious about the Gujarat model. “Bipartisanship is the Gujarat model.”
Modi said he was confident that Gujarat would develop even further. “Each and every person has contributed to the growth of Gujarat. It was an honour to be the CM of Gujarat four times.”
In a lighter vein, he said, “Now in the PMO (prime minister’s office), Gujarati will be spoken and khakhras, dhoklas will be eaten.”
Modi's close aide Amit Shah and revenue minister Anandiben Patel addressed the session. Patel is tipped to be the next chief minister of Gujarat.
Modi is expected to submit his resignation to the governor following which the Bharatiya Janata Party legislators are likely to hold a meeting to elect their leader in the assembly.