Mending broken bridges Modi praises Advani,Jaya

When Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi kicked off the BJP’s poll campaign from Hyderabad on Sunday

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Published: August 12, 2013 3:29 am

When Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi kicked off the BJP’s poll campaign from Hyderabad on Sunday,he made an effort to bridge the chasms in the party that were created after his elevation as the poll campaign chief. In addition,he also sought to court potential BJP allies from the south while trying to avoid courting controversy like the “burqa of secularism” remark at Pune did last time.

Modi made it a point to mention BJP stalwarts Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani,and his Madhya Pradesh counterpart Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Having lost many friends in the BJP for trying to upstage senior leaders,Modi praised Advani,and highlighted the achievements of Chouhan and Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh in his speech,indicating a more inclusive approach within the party.

Modi praised his mentor Advani’s efforts to address the issue of black money stashed away in foreign banks. “Our leader L K Advani toured the entire country demanding that black and illegal money kept in foreign banks be brought back to the country. But the Congress government paid no attention. I want to know,what are the problems that this government faces in getting back our money? Whose money is parked in those banks?” he said.

He said that the Congress was forced to think about the food security Bill after it realised the mess it had created in the country. “The BJP-ruled states have always been role models. Look at Chhattisgarh where Raman Singh has modernised and modified the PDS to ensure food for the poor. The Supreme Court has appreciated Chhattisgarh’s efforts under Raman Singh. Similarly,you see what Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has done for the girl child. His Laadli Lakshmi Yojana has given the girl child hope,right to education,equality,empowered every daughter,erased the myth of a girl being a burden,’’ he said.

“When the the Vajpayee government created smaller states,everyone was happy. That is not the case with Telangana. The Congress has done this for votes,’’ Modi said.

Modi also praised Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalaithaa. “Look at your neighbouring Tamil Nadu,where Dr Jayalalithaa has invested in skill development and transformed that state,” he said.

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