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"Addressing nation from the Red Fort will only remain a dream for Modi"

india Updated: Sep 10, 2013 15:19 IST
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Hindustan Times

Taking a dig at Gujarat chief minister Narender Modi, union minister for commerce and industries Anand Sharma on Sunday said that addressing nation from the Red Fort would only remain a dream for him.

"Good luck to the BJP," he said, while addressing mediapersons in Shimla adding that: "The way the Gujarat chief minister was going forward with his campaign, he may be a valuable asset for his party, but was certainly an embarrassment for the nation."

He castigated Modi for his August 15 speech from Lalan College and said: "It is the Prime Minister of India who as an institution and not an individual addresses from the ramparts of the Red Fort."

Sharma also took potshots at Modi for his speech in Ambikanagar in Chhattisgarh on Saturday.

He said: "By such acts, we can say that Modi will never be fortunate enough to address the nation from the Red Fort, though he will continue to speak from the replica of it."

On Bharatiya Janata Party projecting Modi as a Prime Ministerial candidate, he said: "The chief minister of Gujarat has dragged the political discourse to the lowest level and we cannot answer rhetoric of such low level."

Sharma described Modi's claims as "boastful" and his Gujarat development model a mere slump.

"The much-touted Gujarat model of development is flop and the boastful claims made by him has led Gujarat under the debt of Rs 1 lakh crore," he said adding that the picture of rural Gujarat is much contrary to Modi's claim of development.

Criticising Modi's claims of "vibrant Gujarat" he said Gujarat has a high number of school dropouts and out of 1,000 students, 27 drops out of school.

Supporting Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh's statement on declaring Rahul Gandhi as an 'ideal choice' for the Prime Minister's post, he said Rahul Gandhi represents hopes and aspirations of the youth in the country.

"Rahul was elected the vice-president of the party unanimously. Everyone has shown hopes and aspiration in his leadership. Congress party has rich reservoir of talented and experienced leaders at both the state as well as at the Centre level," he said.

He, however, termed reports of mid-term polls as a speculation fuelled by the Opposition.