Modi ridicules Pawar on his remarks against Gujarat
The Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi ridiculed the NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and other ruling party leaders in the state for targeting him in the election campaigns, and said that making Gujarat of either Maharashtra or the country was beyond the capacity of these leaders.india Updated: Apr 05, 2009 21:30 IST
The Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi ridiculed the NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and other ruling party leaders in the state for targeting him in the election campaigns, and said that making Gujarat of either Maharashtra or the country was beyond the capacity of these leaders.
Reacting sharply to the statements of Pawar and other leaders in the state that Maharashtra would not be allowed to become another Gujarat, Modi said, “My dear Congress and NCP leaders, it is not your cup of tea. For, it takes vision and courage to make any state another Gujarat.”
Addressing a huge election meeting here on Saturday evening, Modi said, “Gujarat means development, round the clock power supply. Making Gujarat means providing wheat and rice at Rs 2 per kg to poor and broadband connectivity in each and every village.
Making Gujarat means providing safe and pure drinking water to every village and becoming a tanker free state. Tell me, can leaders here do this?” he asked. He said that Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh are the cotton growing states.
While BJP is ruling Gujarat, AP and Maharashtra are being ruled by the Congress and NCP. “There is no reports of farmers suicide in Gujarat while farmers of AP and Vidarbha of Maharashtra are committing suicide every day,” he said and pointed out that was the difference between Gujarat and Maharashtra.
While the country’s agriculture growth rate had stopped at 2.5 per cent as against the target of 4 per cent, that of Gujarat was whopping 14 per cent, he further claimed and urged the people to election a government that would take the country to great heights of prosperity, providing strong and decisive leadership.
The Congress suffered a setback on the eve of elections when Ashish Deshmukh, son of former MPCC chief Ranjit Deshmukh left the century-old party and joined the BJP in presence of Narendra Modi. Deshmukh went to Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh last week to meet Varun Gandhi and extended moral support to him.
While joining the saffron party he said that only the BJP could give a stable and secure government at the centre.