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Advani all praise for Modi’s ‘imaginative’ leadership

Days after Sushma Swaraj subtly pointed out that Narendra Modi’s popularity is confined to Gujarat sparking a controversy and tension within the BJP.

Days after Sushma Swaraj subtly pointed out that Narendra Modi’s popularity is confined to Gujarat sparking a controversy and tension within the BJP,senior leader L K Advani on Sunday showered praise on Modi’s leadership qualities once again.

Advani as also other top leaders of the party had heaped praise on Modi after the BJP’s civic election victory. On Sunday,Advani posted an entry in his blog saying one of the “distinctive traits of Narendra Bhai’s leadership in Gujarat has been his imaginativeness”.

The context was Modi government’s decision to raise a 392-feet tall statue — which will be tallest in the world — in memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. “One of the distinctive traits of Narendra Bhai’s leadership in Gujarat has been his imaginativeness. Last week,all MPs and MLAs from Gujarat witnessed at the CM residence a slide presentation titled ‘Vaanche

Gujarat Abhiyan’ (‘Gujarat reads’ campaign). This is a new facet of the State Government’s innovative programmes for Swarnim Gujarat,” he wrote.

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He said the campaign aims at preparing its citizens to cultivate reading habits and become better equipped for the needs of the “knowledge century”.

Party spokespersons and leaders like Balbir Punj — who is the party central leadership’s pointsman for Gujarat — have asserted that Modi is a national leader,implying that the party does not agree with Swaraj’s observations.