He may not have been declared BJPs prime ministerial candidate just yet but Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday seemed to have 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, 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,BJPs election campaign committee chief,drew a caustic remark from Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla,who said the Gujarat leader 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.
Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal too attacked Modi,saying the BJP leader would be watched for mis-statement of facts he is prone to make. They (the people) will probably be curious to hear what mis-statements of facts Modi is now going to make, Sibal said.