Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has said that former prime minister Indira Gandhi tried to dismember the northeastern states from the country for vote bank politics. Speaking at an award function in Mumbai, Modi questioned Gandhi's credential as a secular leader of the country.
"Indira Gandhi had committed a big sin, I will just speak of one as she committed many of them. Known for her secular inclination, when she was contesting polls in northeast, the Congress Party mentioned in their manifesto that mentioned if they win, then they would bring in a rule synonymous to that in the Bible.
"Can you imagine that if such is the stance while you are running the country then separatist forces would be at such a high advantage back then no one questioned her secularism," said Modi.
Modi further trained his guns on Nehru-Gandhi family by alleging that they have tried to distort history to their benefit and worked towards camouflaging the importance due to northeastern states.
"Events related to patriotism should have found more exposure and people should have been made aware of such inspirational personalities so that the young generation could draw immense motivation," he said.
"Some people laid down their lives for the country, many even spent their entire lives in jails of Andaman or were even executed. If these incidents come to light then what harm will it do to one particular family (Gandhis)? And, it is in this worry that the entire history is being deliberately distorted," he added.
Modi also criticised Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh saying he lacked both vision and gumption to run the country.
"He (Singh) lacks the vision and gumption to run the country. Before he was the country's finance minister, for the discovery, mining and processing of uranium there used to be a set budget for its extraction. But since he became the finance minister not even a rupee has been spent from that budget. And later, after becoming Prime Minister he tried to approach America for all these things," Modi told a gathering at an event in Mumbai.
"Today, if the entire world needs uranium someday, then these very northeastern states are the ones who hold some deposits of this chemical. Why shouldn't this be pondered on and policies be formulated in that direction? Why can't we emerge as a nuclear power with our own resources? But sadly, there is no vision, or courage, though there is a pressure and problem here this needs to be understood and identified in order to change the current scenario," he said.