Rahul international leader,he can contest polls in Italy: Modi

Taunted by the Congress that there cannot be any comparison between Rahul Gandhi and him,Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi hit back

Written by Hiral Dave | Rajkot | Published: September 18, 2012 12:40 am

Taunted by the Congress that there cannot be any comparison between Rahul Gandhi and him,Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi hit back on Monday saying that while the Congress scion was an international leader who can contest elections in both India and Italy,he was a Gujarati dedicated to his state.

Addressing a 50,000 strong crowd,comprising mainly college students,at Vivekananda Yuva Parishad here,Modi said,“Recently a Congress leader said that there cannot be any comparison between Gandhi and Modi as the former is a national leader and the latter a state leader…Rahul is not a national but an international leader. He can contest in India as well as Italy,whereas I am dedicated only to Gujarat.”

He went on to accuse the UPA government of cheating people and indulging in vote bank politics. Modi said the Congress had promised to provide one crore jobs and reduce poverty,but these promises have fallen flat.

Modi added,in comparison,his government has created 3.5 lakh government jobs in 10 years,and this is more than half the total strength of government employees of six lakhs. On the issue of employment,he said that the Prime Minister’s decision to bring in FDI in retail will increase unemployment,as local manufacturers will be unable to compete with Chinese items that are priced much lower.

“In China,labour is free. We cannot do similar things here. This will throw local manufactures out of business,” he said.

Meanwhile,in Patna,BJP workers on Monday celebrated Modi’s birthday,though most of the senior leaders of the party stayed away from the function.

BJP minister Giriraj Singh,a known Modi acolyte,however,attended the function asserting that no one should read between the lines and that he had every right to celebrate the birthday of the Gujarat Chief Minister.

WITH ENS PATNA

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