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HindustanTimes Sun,13 Jul 2014

Modi vs Rahul: Gujarat CM gets set to explain his vision

Shekhar Iyer, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 05, 2013
First Published: 00:16 IST(5/4/2013) | Last Updated: 11:14 IST(5/4/2013)

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi will address the annual general body meeting of the ladies' wing of industry lobby Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi on April 8.

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As he is to speak on the topic "Unleash the entrepreneur within; exploring new avenues," Modi may answer questions that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi threw up at his address to the CII on Thursday.

BJP officials see Modi's address as an opportunity that he may not let go to put forth again his model for India's growth and economy and what he thinks makes for the right leadership.

As a contrast to Gandhi's speech, BJP sources say Modi may come up with more specifics than "general observations" that they say Gandhi made. 

Modi has already spoken of an administrative model in six areas — efficient delivery of services, employment, empowerment, equity and predictability, justice, transparency and accountability.

His government has come out with a compendium, which is broadly on the lines of what Modi told students of Shri Ram College of Commerce in a well attended gathering on February 6, emphasising on good governance as the mantra for expansion of social opportunities, removal of poverty, good quality service, enlightened policy-making and an administration imbued with professional ethos.

Aides say Modi always highlights that good governance does not occur by chance and must be nourished explicitly and consciously by the state.

On Thursday, a few hours after Gandhi spoke at CII, Modi said he wants to pay back debts he owes to the country.

At a book release function here, he said, "People are saying I have repaid the debt of Gujarat and they are now asking me to repay the debt owned to India. It is not just Modi but every Indian who owes a lot to India. We must make use of every opportunity that comes our way to repay our debts to our motherland."

The big question, however, before Modi is what his response to the clamour for his projection as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.


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