Congress trying to destabilise my government, says Modi
After his Sadbhavna fast, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi launched a vitriolic attack on the state governor and the UPA government at the centre for trying to "destabilise his elected government and run parellel administration from Raj Bhavan." Mahesh Langa reports.india Updated: Sep 25, 2011 17:30 IST
After his Sadbhavna fast, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi launched a vitriolic attack on the state governor and the UPA government at the centre for trying to "destabilise his elected government and run parellel administration from Raj Bhavan."
Demanding removal of the governor Dr Kamla, who appointed the state Lokayukta Justice RA Mehta, bypassing the state government, he said Raj Bhavan has become a tool to "destabilise the state government."
Stressing that the dignity of the post of governor should be maintained, Modi demanded her removal saying the state governor "hast lost the dignity of the post." He, however, remained silent on the Lokayukta appointment, since his government has challenged in the high court.
"Ever since the UPA took over in 2004, they have been trying one trick after another to dislodge my government. Now, they have coverted the Raj Bhavan into Congress Bhavan and are trying to run the parellel government from there, undermining the federal structure and elected government," he said, accusing the centre and the governor of conspiring to dislodge him.
"Today, elected government in the state is not even allowed to appoint vice chancellor of any university. The governor has created parellel system in all levels," he said, exhorting people to demand answer from the Delhi Sultanate for conspiracy against the state government.
"In the history of the country, this is a mega rally against the governor. This is a mega rally against the conspiracy of the government", he said.
He challenged the opposition Congress party of resorting to "petty politics" to gain power when the people have repeatedly rejected the party at the hustings. "We want to remind the Congress party and the central government that this is democracy. It has been 20 years, but you have not been able win the hearts of the people of Gujarat," he said.
He said the state governments not part of the UPA and Congress are being systematically targeted through governors, who have been acting at the behest of the Congress and undermining the constitution.
Modi also hit out at the UPA government of showing "partisan approach and attitude towards the Gujarat."
Talking about the scams that have unfolded implicating several ministries of the centre, Modi said the Delhi government is drowning in its own corruption and one after another central minister is going behind the bars.
Modi was addressing a mammoth rally organised by the state BJP at Vastral, outskirts of Ahmedabad. Around two lakhs people were brought in from across the state in over 5000 state transport and private luxury buses and private vehicles. No national leader of the BJP was present in the rally.
The rally is being seen as show of strength by the chief minister who will face assembly polls next year. "In a way, it is beginning of the poll campaign because chief minister attacked the Congress, UPA and the Governor on political issues," a minister in the Modi government said.
First Published: Sep 25, 2011 16:54 IST