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Modi lashes out at darpok Pawar

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi targeted NCP leader Sharad Pawar at a BJP rally here, calling him a “darpok neta” (chicken-hearted leader) who is always wary of taking any decisive step.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2009 00:30 IST
Soumyajit Pattnaik

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi targeted NCP leader Sharad Pawar at a BJP rally here, calling him a “darpok neta” (chicken-hearted leader) who is always wary of taking any decisive step.

Though he criticised Orissa Chief Minister and BJD leader Naveen Patnaik, PM Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at five rallies during his whirlwind tour of the Orissa on Sunday, the sharpest barbs were reserved for Pawar.

Referring to the last-minute cancellation of his trip to address a joint Left-BJD-NCP rally in Bhubaneswar on Friday, Modi asked, “Was there any shortage of aircraft in Mumbai that Pawar could not come?”

He added that “Pawar’s close friend (Praful Patel) is in charge of the entire aviation ministry and he could have arranged any number of aircraft. He is a darpok neta. As usual, he could not decide whether to address the rally or not. Pawar always vacillates.”

Modi also slammed Patnaik, saying “Naveenbabu is practising the politics of betrayal. Prabhu Jagannath ke dharti par itna bada dhoka (such a betrayal in the land of Lord Jagannath). I can see that Naveen Patnaik is committing one mistake after another. And I think he is being troubled by the soul of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati to commit such mistakes.”

Modi lashed out at the UPA saying the alliance remains only in name. “I want to know who the UPA partners are. Lalu Yadav has gone. Paswan has gone. Pawar has gone and is busy looking for a new home. One by one, everyone has gone.”

Modi also criticised the attempts to cobble together a non-Congress, non-BJP alternative. Many small fronts are competing with each other within the Third Front. This Front has no leader and no common ideology. “As against the family rule of the Congress and the opportunistic Third Front alliance, the BJP is offering rashtravad (nationalism) as an alternative,” he said.