CM slams ‘weak,corrupt’ UPA

Addresses Gujarati diaspora in US on video link,hardsells ‘Gujarat model’.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:May 14, 2013 4:18 am

GUJARAT Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday attacked the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre,calling it a “weak and corrupt”.

Addressing NRIs living in 20 cities of the US via video-conference,Modi gave a call to restore people’s trust in the institutions of the country. His address was part of Gujarat Day celebrations.

“Going by the incidents of the past one month,we can understand how much damage a weak government can do,” Modi said.

In his hour-long speech,he also lashed out at the UPA government for its “weak foreign policy”. “The External Affairs Minister (in an apparent reference to former external affairs minister S M Krishna) of my country,while addressing an international forum,takes some other country’s papers and starts reading. It is a matter of great shame,” he said.

“Our soldiers are getting beheaded and after some days,Prime Minister of that country is served chicken biryani here,” Modi said.

He also touched upon the recent standoff with China. “China withdrew its forces to its territories,but I cannot understand why the Indian Army is pulling back its forces from our own land.”

Modi also lashed out at the UPA government for alleged corruption. “One has rarely seen such loathsome corruption. Even coal has not been spared,” he said.

“We have to restore people’s trust. This is the biggest challenge before the country. We need trust in leaders,in parties,in policies,” Modi said.

Hardselling his Gujarat “model”, he claimed the development had even reached Kutch and other coastal regions of the state and said Gujarat had become a prominent place on the tourism map of India.

Concluding his speech,Modi sought contributions from the Indian diaspora for building the “Statue of Unity” near the Sardar Sarovar dam site,which will be a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The CM said the statue,proposed to be the tallest in the world,would be double the height of Statue of Liberty in New York.

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