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‘Modi elevation poses danger of fascism’

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published on:June 18, 2013 1:38 am

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday said the recent elevation of Narendra Modi by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) “posed a danger of fascism to the country.”

Speaking at the inauguration of the SM Joshi Socialist Foundation’s volunteers’ training institute in the city,Chavan said the country should unite to face this challenge.

“At this juncture,the challenge before the country is to keep the basic tenets of the constitution intact and we must rise to the occasion. The elevation of Modi has resulted in the breakdown of NDA with Janata Dal (U) leaving the alliance,” he said.

The elevation of Modi as the head of the BJP poll campaign led to JD(U) severing its 17-year-old ties with the party. While Modi is seen as BJP’s star campaigner and potential prime ministerial candidate,his elevation has drawn criticism from various quarters holding him responsible for the cycle of violence unleashed post the Godhra incident.

On socialist thread weaved in various reforms by the successive Congress governments,Chavan said from 1991 an era of liberalisation has been scripted keeping in mind the poorest of the poor.

“The challenge before us is to make the state self-reliant in the field of energy and ensure the industrialisation picks up pace,” he said.

Talking about the recent drought condition in the state,Chavan said people’s participation in solving the water scarcity issue was commendable. “Through decentralisation of water resources,we have ensured the state will be able to fight drought in future. We must make every effort to conserve natural resources,” he said.

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