Chief Minister Modi claims Congress will be wiped out in Gujarat polls
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the UPA govt and said that the Congress will be wiped out in the 2012 assembly elections.
Modi said he was confident about winning the assembly elections due in the state by the end of this year. "We have been winning elections since 2002 and Gujarat has turned electoral politics into developmental politics. People will vote us to power again this year," Modi said addressing the state executive meeting.
Targeting the Congress over corruption, Modi said the compulsion of coalition politics was preventing the party from acting against corruption. The Gujarat chief minister also hinted at change at the Centre and said the people of the country were fed up with the UPA govt.
Taking a dig at the UPA, Gujarat chief minister said the Manmohan Singh govt had not realised that their boat was sinking. "If you cannot bring the prices down, at least bring it to that level where our Atal Behari Vajpayee (former prime minister) left it," he said.
He said the rupee had been devalued not due to the weakness in the economy but due to UPA's corruption.
There were reports of anti-modi protests outside the meeting venue. Police arrested pro-Sanjay Joshi protesters who were shouting slogans against the CM. Meanwhile, the poster war within the BJP continued on Sunday with more pro-Sanjay Joshi posters and others apparently targeting Modi appearing in various parts of Rajkot city.
Reflecting a deep divide within the BJP on Sanjay Joshi's exit from the party, this is the third time after Joshi's unceremonious exit from the BJP's National Executive that posters have appeared in Gujarat in support of Joshi. The posters that came up on Sunday near the venue of state BJP executive meeting venue at Atmiya college campus in Rajkot said "Sanjay Joshi aage badho, hum tumhare saath hai" (Sanjay Joshi go ahead, we are with you).
Joshi, who was first removed from the BJP national executive meet, had quit the party last Friday. He had reportedly told that he had quit the party due to "pressure being exerted on party leadership by Modi".
- Asian Tribune -