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Narendra Modi a terrorist in political arena, Cong hits back

Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Arjun Modhwadia today called state chief minister Narendra Modi a political "terrorist". Modi targets PM over corruption

india Updated: Jun 10, 2012 21:28 IST
Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee,Arjun Modhwadia,gujarat chief minister

Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Arjun Modhwadia on Sunday called state chief minister Narendra Modi a political "terrorist".

"Modi is a terrorist in the political arena," Modhwadia said when asked to react to the speech made by Modi at the state BJP's executive meeting at Rajkot, where he had criticised the Congress-led UPA government in the Centre.

Modhwadia is in Surat to attend a public meeting late on Sunday evening.

He said that Modi was afraid of his arch rival Sanjay Joshi, and that was the reason he put immense pressure on the BJP leadership and got Joshi removed.

The war of words between ruling BJP and opposition Congress has intensified ahead of December 2012 assembly polls.

The Congress has been criticising Modi for his dictatorial ways.

Modi on Sunday sternly criticised the UPA government at Centre, saying it has disappointed people of the country with a series of scams coming to light and by ignoring burning issues like price hike.

Sharpening his attack on the UPA government, Modi today said it has disappointed people as a result of scams, corruption and rising prices and taunted it for not realising that the "Congress ship is sinking."

"This Congress-led UPA government has disappointed people of the country by series of scams and failure of checking corruption and price hike," Modi said while addressing party members on the concluding session of two-day state executive meeting held in Rajkot.

"Assembly elections are likely to be held in Gujarat by year end and people of the state have to decide to choose between BJP's politics of development and Congress's caste-based politics," Modi said.

"We have won in 2002, 2007 and in 2012 Assembly elections, the condition is more favourable for BJP compared to 2002 and 2007 as people of the country are disappointed with Congress rule at the Centre," Modi said.

Modi's statements come amid large scale dissidents and internal bickering in the state BJP on the issue of exit of Sanjay Joshi from the party and revolt by former chief minister Keshubhai Patel and his supporters.

The two-day state executive meeting was held in Rajkot, home town of Keshubhai, to finalise BJP's poll strategy for the state Assembly elections scheduled to be held later this year, which the party likes to term as 'Mission 2012'.

On the second day of the meeting, posters supporting Joshi and apparently targeting Modi had appeared around the meeting venue. Some of the dissident workers also protested wearing masks of Joshi and carrying placards, at about 200 metres from the venue, and they were detained by the police.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been misguiding people of the country by claiming to have achieved 7% GDP growth, which has come down to 5% this quarter, Modi said, adding that the government in Delhi does not know that there was a "hole in the ship".

Modi said that "Congress ship is sinking" as it has hurt and miscalculated human power.

He said there were a couple of reasons for the failure of the UPA government. As the GDP reduced and inflation increased, the government was not concerned about it, and secondly, the Indian rupee was going down day by day.

"Our Indian rupee is going down and down against dollar and Indian reputation has gone down in international market," Modi said and added that "people of the country want to know why Indian rupee has became weak".

"There is no chance for Congress to survive," Modi said and asked how the party which is struggling can give stability to the nation.

He claimed that BJP is the only party in the country which believes in peace, 'sadbhavna' and unity and practices politics of development and not caste-based politics.

First Published: Jun 10, 2012 20:01 IST