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Modi attacks Centre,woos Mamata

Says CM filling potholes made by Left in 3-decade rule.

Says CM filling potholes made by Left in 3-decade rule.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sought to reach out to his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee expressing confidence in her government’s effort to help the state recover from the “ruins” created by the Left Front rule.

Seemingly keeping a possible political alignment in mind ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections,Modi echoed Mamata’s oft repeated allegation of the UPA government’s “discrimination” against the non-Congress-ruled states of the country.

“What you see in Gujarat is a result of 12-13 years of hard work,not of one or two years. The Congress had created such potholes that it took me so much time to fill them. In Bengal,the Left government created these potholes for 32 years. I don’t know how many years of efforts it will take before they are filled. I believe efforts are being made to fill these potholes and I am confident that the dreams of the people will be fulfilled,” told Modi,widely seen as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the BJP,at a gathering of businessmen at a five-star city hotel.

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Modi went on woo Mamata,who was once a constituent of the BJP-led NDA,by raking up the issue of “discrimination” against the non-Congress ruled states and maintained that the Centre was trying to demolish the federal structure — an allegation also repeated by Mamata quite often.

The federal structure is being destroyed. You (the Centre) have no right to discriminate. We cannot allow you to discriminate against the states. This crushes the aspirations of the people of these states,” Modi said.

He claimed that when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was heading the NDA government,there was never a cry from Left Front-ruled West Bengal that it was being discriminated against and charged the Centre with having imposed an economic blockade on the state.

On Monday,Mamata,who reached Delhi for a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia,said that she would think of some drastic steps if her demands for a financial bailout package for the state was not met.

Modi also slammed the UPA government for “non-performance” and said it is in a state of paralysis. “It (UPA government) is not watching the calender but the clock. It is on borrowed time,” he said.

The Centre,he said,is in a state of paralysis. “It is not watching the calender but the clock. It is on borrowed time,” he said. Making a stinging criticisms on the UPA’s foreign policy,he said: “The situation in Bangladesh is serious but Delhi is not concerned. Our soldiers are being beheaded,their eyes are being gorged out (by Pakistan) but Delhi is not doing enough. People are killing innocent people and they are allowed to to go to their own country to cast votes (referring to the Italian marines,” he said and then went to refer to former foreign minister S M Krishna’s faux pas saying: “And our foreign minister is reading the speech of the foreign minister of another country. This is all ridiculous.’’

Later,speaking to BJP workers in the evening,he terming the UPA government as the “most hated since Independence”. Modi also mocked Manmohan Singh asking how he can lead the nation when his own party “did not accept” him as a leader.

“I have never seen such hatred and anger among the people against any other government. It did not take any credible step to solve any problem. It must be ensured that the UPA government is uprooted,” he said addressing BJP workers here.