IN the backdrop of pressure from NDA allies like the Shiv Sena and JD(U) seeking clarity from the BJP on its prime ministerial candidate,Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP heavyweight Narendra Modi today sought to flaunt endorsements by former Supreme Court Judge V R Krishna Iyer and former Central Vigilance Commissioner N Vittal on his wider acceptability as a humanist wonder and an excellent example.
Stating that he has been the target of several lies,exaggerations and half-truths from those with a destructive mind,Modi sought to counter the mistruths by publishing the contents of letters from Iyer and Vittal in his latest blogpost on the occasion of his birthday today.
I hold you as a great man,a creative administrator and a humanist wonder. How I wish the Indian political leadership had the same inventive or at least innovative march with one vision: to wipe every tear from every eye, reads one of the letters from Iyer sent last month.
The letter was apparently sent in response to Modis communication to Iyer informing him about his recent initiatives in harnessing solar power. Lauding Modis initiative,Iyers letter adds: I pray for your leadership of Indian welfare. May that day dawn…
In a separate letter quoted in the blog,Iyer says: I hold you as a part of Indian history in its modern development odyssey. You are a super patriot and your stature is beyond any particular party… Do continue the national mission you have undertaken. Indian history of the 20th century will not be complete without an excellent reference to the majestic contribution you have made in the field of Indian Energy Unlimited.
Former CVC N Vittal,in his letter,has also praised Modi for his commitment to good governance and his political courage in taking decisions for good governance. You have set before our nation an excellent example of what can be achieved if absolute political integrity and commitment to good governance are combined in a leader.
You have also shown how openness to new ideas and political courage to take even unpopular but sound decisions in the interest of development and good governance can work wonders, says Vittal in his letter sent last month.
Though Modi,in his blog,has claimed that he always tried to escape these stones that are hurled at me for the progress of Gujarat and its people,his decision to publicise the letters seems to be an attempt to seek wider national acceptability outside his own party.