‘Modi has lost his balance’

‘Comments were made for Rahul Gandhi that he should contest election from other country. Why? People of this country have elected him. These comments were uncalled for. It shows that Modi is rattled and has lost his balance’

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:September 20, 2012 3:34 am

‘Comments were made for Rahul Gandhi that he should contest election from other country. Why? People of this country have elected him. These comments were uncalled for. It shows that Modi is rattled and has lost his balance’

Hitting out at Narendra Modi over his recent comments on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi,Union Commerce and Textile Minister Anand Sharma on Wednesday said the chief minister seemed to have lost his “mental balance” and “become nervous”.

“Comments were made for Rahul Gandhi that he should contest election from other country. Why? People of this country have elected him. These comments were uncalled for,and it shows that Modi is rattled and has lost his balance,” Sharma told reporters in response to Modi’s remarks that Rahul was an “international leader” who could contest elections in Italy.

Claiming that almost half of the world had refused visas to Modi,Sharma said that even now if Modi considered himself so big a leader,he should go and contest from UP or Bihar and win the election. “Let’s see how Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reacts to Modi’s contesting from his state,” Sharma remarked.

As for Rahul,Sharma said that Rahul had always won with a margin running into lakh of votes from Uttar Pradesh and hence,there was no need for him to go and contest from anywhere else. Rahul,he said,could even contest from Gujarat and win too with a huge margin.

Sharma pointed out that Rahul never projected himself as a prime ministerial candidate but it had become the fashion for Modi to often project himself as a PM candidate of his party.

Accusing Modi of having given up all decency required in a political debate,particularly with reference to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul, Sharma said,“I do not want to stoop to the level Modi has because my sanskar does not allow me to do so.”

Taking a dig at frequent change of uniforms by Modi,the minister said the CM got himself photographed in coat and a golf stick though he was never known to have played golf. “Modi is really an eccentric personality,” Sharma said.

CM misleading people on meat export: Sharma

Reacting to Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s allegations that the Congress-led UPA government was giving subsidy on meat export,Union Commerce and Textile Minister Anand Sharma today said it was “totally incorrect and highly irresponsible” on the part of a constitutional head of a state.

Sharma said it was “very unfortunate” and “a matter of grave concern” Modi

was indulging in false propaganda against the central government by using public money.

“When Modi raised the issued of central subsidy on meat export,we responded without naming the government and the Gujarat chief minister,” Sharma said.

But the CM was politicising the issue by dragging people by their names on public expenditure,he said referring to Modi and his ongoing Vivekanand Yuva Vikas Yatra.

Modi had recently

challenged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to say that no subsidy was given on meat export.

“There is no subsidy at all on meat export. The UPA government is following the same meat export policy that was in force during the NDA regime. We have also published details of the meat export during the NDA rule,” Sharma said.

After the UPA came to power in 2004,Sharma said meat export provisions were made more strict like exporters providing the source of their meat to the government to ensure no illegal slaughter took place.

On the allegations of Modi on export of beef,he said cow slaughter was totally banned in the country but it was the duty of the respective state governments to check illegal slaughter,preserve and protect the livestock.

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