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Advani lauds Modi; woos Jayalalithaa

india Updated: Jan 14, 2012 22:54 IST
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Former deputy Prime Minister LK Advani lauded Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi work in transforming Gujarat and would be happy to see rest of the country being so developed.

"If a younger member of the family is talented and bright, it only makes the entire family proud," Advani said addressing the readers of the Tughlak magazine at its 42nd anniversary meet in Chennai on Saturday. Though Advani shied away from declaring Modi as the party's prime ministerial candidate, the import of his fullsome praise of Modi was not lost on the audience that greeted Modi like a rockstar.

“I will be happy and proud if the Modi model of good governance is prescribed for all,” Advani said.

“ If a player does extremely well in Ranji trophy he should be promoted to the national team. Similarly it will only make sense to use Modi at the national level,” Cho had said amidst thunderous cheers and clappings from the huge audience.

Cho also suggested that the BJP should support Jayalalithaa as the PM if some of the BJP's alliance partners had objections over Modi. Whichever way, AIADMK will play a major role in the next government formation at the centre, Cho declared.

Advani did not react to the suggestion but he wooed Jayalalithaa by describing her as a natural ally in their joint fight and common approach in parliament and also in fighting the centre's actions in usurping state's powers and weakening federalism.

Advani read out from Jayalalitha’s speech at the recent NDC meeting about the Centre’s arrogant mindset in discriminating against non-Congress governments and treating them like glorified municipalities.

Modi, the last speaker, launched an all out attack against the central government for its all round failure and also its arrogant attitude towards the state governments.

"Not only the Centre does not do things, it also does not allow the states to do good work," Modi said attacking the Congress for its failure at giving good governance. Except playing dynastic politics and centralizing power, the Congress has done precious little to serve the people, he charged.

“Development and dynastic politics will not co-exist. Similarly corruption and good governance will not co-exist. The Congress has failed to realize this. But it will when the country throws up a new breed of young leaders who are above personal benefits,” Modi added.