Hard work, not Harvard, will bear fruit: Narendra Modi to P Chidambaram

Modi also targeted Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, again without naming him.

Chennai | Updated: March 4, 2014 6:28 pm

Narendra Modi Saturday targeted Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram for his remark made at Davos recently that the BJP PM nominee’s understanding of economics can be written on the back of a postage stamp. Modi was addressing a rally here, his third in the day after the ones in Guwahati and Imphal.

In an effort to consolidate BJP’s efforts to attract allies, Modi did not mention the AIADMK or its leader J Jayalalithaa, with whom his party may have to work after the general elections. Even the third front that Jayalalithaa is heading in Tamil Nadu, which he had termed as “third rate”, failed to find a mention in his speech.

Without naming Chidambaram, but calling him “recounting minister”, in an apparent reference to Chidambaram’s 2009 victory from Sivaganga after a recounting of votes, the Gujarat CM charged him with arrogance. “The Harvard-educated Finance Minister had presided over a period of steady decline for the country’s growth while under him, a village-born and educated tea-seller, who could not even see the doorsteps of those great universities, Gujarat performed better when it came to key indicators,” Modi said, citing statistics.

In this battle between the two systems, Harvard and hard work, it is the latter that would take India to progress, he said. “You can decide for yourself, dear Finance Minister, that knowledge of economics does not come from books alone… What is required is good governance.”

Modi also targeted Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, again without naming him, who reportedly used the word fool (ullu) in Gujarat Saturday. “He spoke without preparing… Is that the way a leader of stature speaks?”

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    Hari Shankar
    Feb 9, 2014 at 2:36 pm
    Modi's comments on RC have not gone well with the latter. RC can really react with sharply biting words one can notice.
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    Hari Shankar
    Feb 9, 2014 at 2:36 pm
    Modi's comments on RC have not gone well with the latter. RC can really react with sharply biting words one can notice.
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    Joseph R Stephen
    Feb 9, 2014 at 4:45 pm
    Modi you know there is no one so capable than Mr Chidambaram.Dont insult Tamils by making such foolish comments. You know BJP will not get a single vote in TamilNadu. So you are insulting Tamils.
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    Joseph R Stephen
    Feb 9, 2014 at 4:45 pm
    Modi you know there is no one so capable than Mr Chidambaram.Dont insult Tamils by making such foolish comments. You know BJP will not get a single vote in TamilNadu. So you are insulting Tamils.
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    Shridhar Shettigar
    Feb 9, 2014 at 11:02 am
    What a Joke...This is how the politicians fool the poor...they ask the poor to hard-work & send their children to Harvard... If hard work can give fruit, then all the construction laborers would have been Millionaires now...Pl don't listen to these politicians & send your children to Harvard if you can afford...
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    Shridhar Shettigar
    Feb 9, 2014 at 11:02 am
    What a Joke...This is how the politicians fool the poor...they ask the poor to hard-work & send their children to Harvard... If hard work can give fruit, then all the construction laborers would have been Millionaires now...Pl don't listen to these politicians & send your children to Harvard if you can afford...
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    Mahi Kumari
    Feb 9, 2014 at 6:53 am
    A "chai wala" can't run country with his polices, BJP's PM candidate Narender Modi should understand that country needs both Harvard & Hard Work, Harvard university gives lot of politician & business professional to world.
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    Mahi Kumari
    Feb 9, 2014 at 6:53 am
    A "chai wala" can't run country with his polices, BJP's PM candidate Narender Modi should understand that country needs both Harvard & Hard Work, Harvard university gives lot of politician & business professional to world.
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