Apparently projecting himself as a prime ministerial candidate,Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi,during an interactive session with members of the three chambers of commerce,focussed more on issues of national and international importance rather than local ones concerning his state or West Bengal.
From foreign policy to federal structure to the UPA governments alleged bias against non-Congress ruled states,Modi touched upon a variety of topics.
He stressed that the Gujarat experience has taught him to believe that India can be changed.
Unfortunately,such an atmosphere has been created in Delhi that development files lie on tables for years without any one paying any heed. I was made the chairman of price control committee and I filed a report to the PM. The file has been lying with him for a year and half and nothing has been done about it, he said.
However,replying to a direct question on being in the race for the prime ministers post,Modi said,I am not a politician; I am a worker; I am apolitical.
With a possible political alignment in mind,Modi supported West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjees demand for a bail-out package from the Centre.
In Gujarat,it took me 10 years to fill up the potholes that the Congress had created and here the Trinamool Congress has a pothole to fill that was dug up for 32 years, Modi said,adding that such discrimination on the part of the Centre was not witnessed when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister. A Communist government ruled Bengal… Marxists and us are poles apart,but they cant say that they were discriminated against, he claimed.
On neighbouring countries,he said,The situation in Bangladesh is serious. However,New Delhi is not concerned. Our soldiers are being beheaded,their eyes are being gorged out (in Pakistan) but New Delhi is not doing enough. People (Italian marines) are allowed to go back to their country to cast votes in elections even though they have killed our people. Our foreign minister reads the speech of the foreign minister of another country (reference to former foreign minister S M Krishna) this is ridiculous.
The state Congress wondered if there was a secret nexus between the TMC and the BJP.
What is the actual purpose of Narendra Modis visit to Kolkata and why is Mamata Banerjee away? We feel there is a nexus between the two parties, WBPCC president Pradip Bhattacharya said on Tuesday.