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No Ram temple as poll plank: Gadkari

BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday heaped glowing praise on Chief Minister Narendra Modi,lauding the “remarkable progress made under” him on industrial and agricultural fronts in the state.

Published: October 6, 2010 5:03:01 am

BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday heaped glowing praise on Chief Minister Narendra Modi,lauding the “remarkable progress made under” him on industrial and agricultural fronts in the state. The BJP chief said his party would not care for the Ram temple issue as poll plank because it believed in all-round development and justice.

Addressing an election meeting in Raipur Chakla,where he had come to console family of late Assembly Speaker Ashok Bhatt on Tuesday evening,Gadkari lambasted the Congress and the CBI,the former for its “misrule” and the latter for becoming “alliance partner of UPA”.

He said while thousands of cotton farmers in Vidarbha region were committing suicide,their counterparts in Gujarat were prospering and even exporting cotton “thanks to difference in governance style”.

Compared to this,UPA could not even distribute or store grains in godowns properly nor would it give it away to the poor as directed by the Supreme Court and this ruined lives of the poor.

He said various reports on poverty alleviation suggested the half of the country’s poor got just Rs 20 per day and asked UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi how these people could make both ends meet.

Gadkari said wrong economic policies and corruption were the root cause of all problems India was facing under the UPA. The UPA,he said,removed the poverty of only its party workers “right from gulli to Dilli”.

Commending Modi for the all-round development in Gujarat ,he said this was an example of how strong will power could change the fate an entire state.

Talking of local issues,he showered praises on work being done on the riverfront project in Ahmedabad and other civic projects. Gadkari also criticised those talking of “saffron terror” saying terror was “neither saffron nor green but black”.

Gujarat in-charge Balbir Punj and state BJP president R C Faldu as well as MP Harin Pathak also addressed the gathering.

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