Swamy praises CM,will campaign for BJP

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Friday said he would campaign for Narendra Modi and the BJP in the state,which goes to polls later this year.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published: September 8, 2012 2:53:36 am

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Friday said he would campaign for Narendra Modi and the BJP in the state,which goes to polls later this year.

“I would appeal to the people of Gujarat to give Narendra Modi-led BJP a huge majority and not let Congress get a single seat,because Congress hates Gujarat. Nehru,India’s first prime minister,hated Sardar Patel and even doubted him for the murder of Mahatma Gandhi,” Swamy said at a press conference here.

He praised Modi for Gujarat’s high economic growth rate and attacked Congress for sheltering corrupt ministers.

“Every single minister in Congress is corrupt. Narendra Modi has given over 10% economic growth and 11-12% growth in agriculture. Power breakdown in the state is the lowest and roads are good. Even Rajiv Gandhi Foundation report says Gujarat is the best administered state,” he said.

Swamy said he would visit Patan,Rajkot and other places in Gujarat from next week to campaign for Modi.

“Modi is very efficient,active and is carrying the tradition of Morarji Desai and Sardar Patel,” he said.

Praful Patel in Vadodara ahead of big NCP meet,talks of secular forces

Heavy industries minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel on Friday said that all the secular parties need to come together in order to oust the BJP government in the state.

Addressing the media ahead of NCP’s two-day national convention to be held here on September 15 and 16,Patel said the seat-sharing agreement with the Congress was yet to be done.

“We have not taken any decision on seat-sharing with the Congress. Our first agenda is change in governance,and for that,all secular parties need to be together. Today,our party is stronger,so we will see how we negotiate sharing of seats with the Congress,” he said.

Patel expressed the hope that the Congress would “keep our party’s growing strength in the state in mind” while finalising the seat-sharing formula.

“People want change in Gujarat. We are here to complete the development works left out by the present government,which includes development of farmers and the unemployed. Situation of farmers and villagers,as well as tribals,remain grim. Even cities do not look any developed,” he said.

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