Advani will be next PM,says Modi

Putting to an end the controversy over the leadership issue in the BJP,Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 18, 2009 12:07:39 am

Putting to an end the controversy over the leadership issue in the BJP,Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said,“L K Advani would be the Prime Minister after the next Lok Sabha elections” and that “the country under him would witness rapid growth like Gujarat (has done in the last few years)”.

“After the development works we have undertaken in Gujarat,Delhi now recognises that a BJP Government can come to power at the Centre after the upcoming elections. Our leader L K Advani will be the Prime Minister and under his leadership even the country will witness rapid growth like Gujarat,” Modi said,addressing a gathering in Gujarat’s Halol town,after addressing three day-care centres. The controversy over the leadership issue arose after industry captains Anil Ambani and Sunil Mittal said at the Vibrant Gujarat summit last week that “Modi deserved to be the next leader of the country”.

In his speech,Modi claimed that a “tolki” (a group of people) sitting in Delhi “was deliberately raising the controversy on the issue of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate to divert attention from the success of Vibrant Gujarat global investors summit”.

This was followed by Advani heaping praise on Modi in his blog on Saturday,saying that Modi “exemplified the BJP’s commitment to good governance,development and security”. Recalling an earlier conversation with a journalist,Advani wrote that “if a younger member (Modi) records an achievement which no one else has made earlier,this only makes the whole family proud and that the family never feels diminished on that account.”

“In the current year of economic slowdown,the two-day Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit 2009,which concluded in Ahmedabad on January 13,attracted promised investments of over Rs 12 lakh crore. More than 8,500 MoUs were signed between the state Government and the intending investors. These have the potential to create over 25 lakh additional employment opportunities,” Advani wrote in his blog.

In an indication of how Gujarat would be showcased as the “model state” by the BJP in the run-up to the elections,Advani wrote: “Gujarat has not only registered the fastest economic growth in the country,but also registered impressive successes in social development. The problem of drinking water has been largely solved. The widely applauded Jyotirgram scheme has succeeded in providing 24×7 electricity supply. The school dropout rate,including in tribal areas,has drastically come down. Gujarat is a leader in slum improvement and urban renewal.”

(with PTI inputs)

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