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'Nightmare, not PM dream'

india Updated: Sep 19, 2011 00:40 IST
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Congress leaders in Gujarat intensified their attacks on chief minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, the second day of their counter-fast response to the BJP leader's fast.

The Congress leaders, who are holding their fast at Mahatma Gandhi Ashram, said Modi's dream to be prime minister would turn out to be a nightmare.

Former chief minister Shankersinh Vaghela described Modi as a divisive and undemocratic person. "Instead of nurturing unrealisable dreams of becoming PM, Modi should focus on Gujarat, where over two dozen police officials are in jail for fake encounters, while former junior home minister Amit Shah has been externed from the state."

Vaghela termed the Modi administration a marketing agency and said the CM was publicity hungry. Slamming Modi, state Congress president Arjun Modhvadia said, "Now he has got this dream that he can become the prime minister of this country. But let me tell you that the people of the country decide their prime minister, not the BJP or Modi."

He added, "LK Advani was declared PM-in-waiting in 2007 and was rejected outright by the people in 2009. Modi will meet the same fate."

Gujarat leader of opposition Shaktisinh Gohil said the US authorities had denied Modi visa to enter their country for his dubious role in the 2002 riots and even Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had made it clear that Modi was not welcome in his state; 15,000 Congress supporters thronged the fast venue.