November 22, 2008 2:11:59 am
Putting terror at the centrestage in the last lap of the BJP’s poll campaign in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today accused the Congress-led government at the Centre of playing “votebank politics” by maligning the image of the Army and demoralizing the security forces.
And accused the Centre of having bolstered Pakistan’s allegations about terrorist acts being the handiwork of the Indian Army.
“What Pakistan could not do in 20 years, the government of Hindustan has done it in 20 days,” he said at a public rally in Rau constituency in Indore.
He said that when US President Bill Clinton was in India, 40 people were killed in Chhittisinghpura in J&K. “The same day, Mian Musharraf gave a statement that it was the Indian Army in terrorist garb who were behind the Chhittisinghpura massacre. But Pakistan did not succeed then. Look at the country’s misfortune, our own government has now painted the Army as terrorists,” said Modi.
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“Delhi calls GUJCOCA draconian. GUJCOCA is exactly like MCOCA, which is being invoked against sadhus and saints. If there is MCOCA in Maharashtra, why not GUJCOCA in Gujarat? The day we will sit on Delhi’s gaddi (throne), we will reveal all secrets,” said the Gujarat Chief Minister in his first election meeting in MP.
Modi also praised “development” in the state under MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan calling him “MP’s Obama.”
He took a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: “The PM generally does not speak; probably, he is not allowed to speak. But once the PM said that having watched the mother of a slain terrorist crying in front of television cameras, he could not sleep the entire night. If a terrorist’s mother cries, the PM cannot sleep, but when children of the poor cry for want of food because of inflation, he has no problem in sleeping. It is unfortunate.” Modi is scheduled to address about 20 meetings across Malwa.
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