Nation will compare speeches from Lal Quila and Gujarat: CM

He may not have been declared the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate just yet but Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday seemed to have already donned the mantle when he said that the nation would be comparing his speech with that of Prime Minister

Written by Press Trust Of India | Published:August 15, 2013 4:03 am

Ahmedabad: He may not have been declared the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate just yet but Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday seemed to have already donned the mantle when he said that the nation would be comparing his speech with that of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Independence Day.

“When we unfurl the tricolour,the message will also go to Lal Quila. Nation will want to know what was said there and what is said here (in Bhuj),” Modi said addressing a gathering of youth at Bhuj in Kutch district. “On one hand there will be a series of promises,whereas on the other there will be the account of work done. On one side there will be despair (nirasha) and on the other side hope (asha),” he said without directly mentioning the PM. The official Independence Day function in Gujarat is being held in Bhuj where Modi will hoist the national flag. The remarks of Modi,BJP’s election campaign committee chief,drew a caustic remark from Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla,who said the Gujarat CM was “full of arrogance”. “I keep saying from day one that he is full of arrogance,full of himself. If this kind of a person gets higher in politics what he will do to the country one can understand,” he said in Delhi. Modi also took a dig at Robert Vadra,son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi without naming him. “When children grow up,parents advise them to settle down. But today children are telling their parents that they are not averse to marriage,but waiting for an opportunity to become the sarkari damaad,” he said in an apparent reference to Robert Vadra.

PC slams Gujarat governance model

New Delhi: In an apparent dig at Narendra Modi,Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said the difference between the growth models of Gujarat and Maharashtra is inclusiveness. “I am not taking names of the states,I am not taking names of CMs but the difference between a single minded pursuit of growth and growth with inclusiveness as a goal is a difference between,I believe,Maharashtra and Gujarat,” he said in the RS.

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