Launching a month-long campaign ahead of Assembly elections,Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday raised the coal issue,accusing the Congress of whipping up an atmosphere of anger against the CAG like it did against the Supreme Court in the 2G case.
Seeking yet another term,Modi also sought to put CBI in the dock by alleging that the Congress was contesting the polls along with the investigating agency.
Giving signals that he would fight the upcoming polls on the plank of injustice meted out to Gujarat,Modi appealed to the people to work towards ‘Congress-free Gujarat’ on the lines of ‘gutkha-free Gujarat’ to wipe out cancer.
Addressing a gathering near Becharaji on the first day of his month-long Vivekanand Yuva Vikas Yatra,Modi said the Congress has the habit of targeting constitutional authorities by creating an atmosphere of anger against those who do not toe its line.
The Prime Minister and the Congress are doing the same to the CAG what late Indira Gandhi used to do,he alleged.
He said on the 2G issue,Congress leaders had adopted a similar stance towards the Supreme Court. Now,the CAG’s credibility is being questioned by the Prime Minister and his colleagues.
The Gujarat chief minister also utilised the occasion to ridicule state Congress leaders for their pleas to the people to oppose him during his yatra.
Are you so scared that you won’t listen to my voice. Do you want Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister to face similar opposition when they come here, he said.
He said in a democracy everyone had a right to place his or her views. Taking a dig at local Congress leaders,he said his government would extend all possible support for them to place their views before public.
Blaming the UPA government for the economic situation,he said the Prime Minister should follow the Gujarat model of development.
Is Gujarat CM ready for SIT probe into graft charges? Cong to Narendra Modi
New Delhi: Reacting sharply to Narendra Modi’s barbs on the government over coal controversy,Congress today sought to turn the table on the Gujarat Chief Minister by reminding him of the graft allegations made against his government recently.
“On June 19 this year,a delegation of Congress MPs had met the Chief Vigilance Commissioner and submitted him a 750-page document of 17 scams estimated to be of worth Rs 1.17 lakh crore in Gujarat.
“I want to ask the Gujarat Chief Minister whether he is ready for SIT probe in these allegations. Is is this Gujarat model,which he is boasting of,” party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters.
Tewari’s comments came in response to media queries on Modi’s remarks in Mehsana where he asked the Prime Minister to face a SIT probe in the coal block allocation controversy.
Blaming the UPA government for the current economic situation,Modi earlier said the Prime Minister should follow the Gujarat model of development.
The Gujarat chief minister also accused Congress of “misusing” the CBI to target him.
At the AICC briefing,Tewari also reminded Modi of the post-Godhra riots saying,”he is the same Chief Minister about whom the Supreme Court was compelled to comment that Nero was fiddling when Rome burnt.”
“There is one real Gujarat,which people of the state are bearing with. There is another,which is a falsehood that the Gujarat Chief Minister and the BJP are serving to people.
“Had everything been so good in Gujarat,why former BJP Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel would have been opposing Modi?
Patel says that there is dictatorship in Gujarat and nobody can air his views freely there,” Tewari said.
To a question on whether Rahul Gandhi will campaign in Gujarat like in Uttar Pradesh,Tewari said election in every state is fought on the basis of local issues and all senior leaders,who are given the responsibility to campaign there,will do it.
“Gujarat Congress is ready for the electoral fight in the state. This imaginary picture is being projected by Modi just to hide his shortcomings,” he said.