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Modi sees conspiracy behind weakening rupee

A day after he emerged as the BJP’s man of the hour at the national executive meet, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi trained his guns on the Congress-led UPA government alleging that there was a conspiracy behind the weakening rupee.

mumbai Updated: May 25, 2012 23:46 IST
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A day after he emerged as the BJP’s man of the hour at the national executive meet, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi trained his guns on the Congress-led UPA government alleging that there was a conspiracy behind the weakening rupee.

He also struck a militant pose blaming the Centre for not being able to tackle terrorism, trying to bring in the communal violence bill and its inability to provide benefits to Amarnath pilgrims. "Till November the rupee was healthy. We need to check the statements of the RBI officials and certain ministers. I believe it is a conspiracy and the fall in the rupee is not because of simple economic reasons," Modi said while addressing a rally organised by the BJP at the Kamgar Maidan in Parel.

While a visibly jubilant Modi addressed the gathering, peppering his speech with Marathi words, BJP stalwarts LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj stayed away from the rally that marked the end of the two-day national meet. Modi, who has prime ministerial ambitions, took the opportunity to portray himself as the country's next strongman and blamed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not doing enough to tackle terror.

He also made an attempt to reach out to hardcore Hindutva voters by voicing his opposition against the communal violence bill and repeatedly described UPA government as ‘Dilli ki sultanat’.

"The Congress wants to bring this bill which paints this country' majority population as culprits," he said. He also lambasted the government for not doing enough to facilitate travel to Amarnath.

"This Delhi Government has no leader, no policy and does not have a clear conscience," he said.

He also blamed the government for not giving states their due respect and limiting their autonomy. “This government has done the most damage to the country’s federal structure," he said.