Gadkari,BJP CMs in tow,Narendra Modi ends 1st poll tour

Vivekananda Yuva Vikas Yatra concludes amid ‘good news’ from the UK; CM makes most of it.

Written by Gopal Kateshiya | Pavagadh | Published: October 12, 2012 2:53:04 am

Vivekananda Yuva Vikas Yatra concludes amid ‘good news’ from the UK; CM makes most of it.

Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday ended his month-long Vivekananda Yuva Vikas Yatra with a rally here in the presence of BJP president Nitin Gadkari and Chhattisgarh and Goa counterparts Raman Singh and Monohar Parrikar.

In his speech,Modi touched upon the UK government’s decision to resume ties with Gujarat that it had cut off in the wake of 2002 riots. “Even though the British government had cut diplomatic relationship with the state,Britain is the largest investor in the state today,” he said.

The CM,however,accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of being biased against Gujarat. “China projects Shanghai to attract the world. Japan showcases Tokyo. Manmohan Singhji,had you believed in Gujarat as your own,you could have brought world leaders to the state,” he said.

Modi claimed that despite step-motherly treatment,his government had managed to bring leaders of 120 countries together on stage at Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summits while the Central government had never been able to host leaders of 100 countries together in Delhi.

As Modi was speaking,a few members of the mostly tribal audience asked him to switch to Gujarati from Hindi,but the chief minister laughed it off. “Dear friends! I salute your love for Gujarati,but at this moment,the entire nation is listening,” the CM said and continued in Hindi.

Modi,who turned up an hour late for the rally,was received by a restive crowd.

Later,speaking at the rally,Gadkari congratulated Modi and said,“We have come to know that Britain has decided to resume diplomatic relationship with Gujarat. This is the result of good governance and development in the state.”

The BJP chief also defended Modi over his alleged communal image. “The English media has often asked me about Modi. As BJP president,I assure you that Narendrabhai has done injustice to none in the state,” he said,adding that “secularism” was being misconstrued in the country and that the English media was wrong in attacking Modi over the issue.

Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh said Modi had forced the British government to “bow down”.

…‘Beefs’ up attack on Cong

On the last leg of his Vivekananda Yuva Vikas Yatra,which began from this village in Kheda district,Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday returned to attacking the Congress-led UPA government for allegedly promoting beef export.

Phagvel is where Modi had launched the Gujarat Gaurav Yatra before the 2002 Assembly elections,which became controversial for his alleged remarks against the minority community. This is a village of Kshatriyas that worships a local warrior,Bhathiji Maharaj,who laid down his life to protect cows.

Addressing a modest gathering,Modi said,“The Congress government (at the Centre) does not want a green revolution or a white revolution. It wants a pink revolution in the country. Do you know the meaning of pink revolution? If I tell you,your hearts will stop beating. They want to slaughter our cattle and make money by exporting beef!”

“Bhathiji Maharaj laid down his life protecting cows. But Congress wants to slaughter cattle. Mahatma Gandhi had said our country was based on agriculture. How would you sustain agriculture and dairy farming without cows?” Modi said.

Referring to Shankersinh Vaghela’s yatra from Phagvel just before Modi began his in 2002,the CM said,“A senior Congress leader started a similar yatra from Phagvel ahead of me in 2002. However,he did not care to ever come to Phagvel after that and his party wants to export beef. Bhathiji Mahraj would never forgive such people,and I urge,nor should you.”

Phagvel was a village of Kapadvanj taluka,in the constituency by the same name,from where Vaghela had won Lok Sabha elections before delimitation. Modi recently declared Phagvel a taluka.

Lashing out at Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and the UPA government,Modi continued,“To bring about the pink revolution,the Delhi government of Soniaben gives Rs 15 crore in aid to set up a slaughterhouse and exemption from income tax for five years to those who start them. It also gives transport subsidy of Rs 50 per km per tonnes of beef.”

“Government itself has declared that India is No.1 in beef export. Should such Congress be forgiven?” Modi asked.

Noticeably,unlike other places,the crowd did not respond to Modi’s rhetorical questions. Kapadvanj has a Congress MLA and the region is considered to be a Congress bastion.

However,the gathering at Ambav village in Thasra constituency,which was Modi’s second stop,roared to the CM’s remarks. Thasra is held by Congress MLA Ramsinh Parmar,who is the chairman of Amul dairy.

From Phagvel,Modi’s yatra proceeded towards Dakor and was on its way to Pavagadh via Ambav,Galteshawar in Kheda and Kalol and Halol in the Panchmahals district.

Modi is being accompanied by state BJP chief R C Faldu,BJP national general secretary Purushottam Rupala,ministers Anandi Patel,Ramanlal Vora,Vasu Trivedi,local MLAs and MPs.

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