Mounting a sharp attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the Centre of inflicting “maximum damage” on the country’s federal structure and said UPA government should not last “even a moment longer”.
“There is no scope for any of our dreams getting fulfilled when such a government is in power at the Centre,” Modi told a public rally organised by BJP here on conclusion of its national executive meeting.
“The government in Delhi has nothing to do with the sentiments of the common man. This government should not last a moment longer. The longer it remains in power, the more it will endanger the country,” Modi charged.
Expressing concern over the rapid devaluation of the Rupee, Modi said, “this (devaluation) looks like a conspiracy. I am in the government. I know that the Rupee doesn’t get devalued like this.” “Why doesnt the currency of other neighbouring countries fall so rapidly,” he asked.
The UPA government, Modi alleged, has caused “maximum damage” to India’s federal structure. The government is snatching power from the states and strengthening the Centre”.
“The Prime Minister says we will have to improve ties with the states. This means that their ties with states were never good,” he said. Opposing National Counter Terrorism Centre, Modi said “why cannot the Prime Minister monitor the funding terrorists get from abroad as the Centre controls the borders and communication”.
“I want to ask the Prime Minister: what did you do for eradicating drought in the country in the last three years,” Modi said. “Sometimes, the Prime Minister says there are some compulsions of the coalition. I want to ask you Prime Minister, your Foreign Minister reads the speech of the leader of another country at the UN. Is this also a compulsion of coalition?
Referring to government-Army Chief Gen V K Singh standoff, Modi said “the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister are of Congress. Still, the government is pitted against the Army. What compulsion is this?”
“You say China is trespassing in our territory. The Army chief says we don’t have ammuntion. What is your compulsion that you don’t have ammunition for the army?” he said.
“The Prime Minister has said that there has been a one percent growth in agriculture and then to around 3 percent. In my Gujarat, the growth has been 11 percent,” Modi said. Modi said there should be a policy of zero tolerance for terrorism and Naxalism.
The PM should tell us what has he done to boost skill development in the country. There is nothing for the youth and women in the 120-page report published on the occasion of UPA’s third anniversary, he charged.
There is not a single Congress-led state government in the list of top 5 states implementing the 20-point programmes, Modi claimed. He flayed the Communal Violence Bill and expressed concern over the reduction in span of Amarnath Yatra.
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BJP leader Arun Jaitley alleged “there is no leadership in the government. There is policy paralysis.” “Every day, there is a new instance of corruption”, Jaitley said referring to 2G spectrum and coal allocation scams.
He charged the country is “paying the price for the flawed vision of Jawaharlal Nehru on Kashmir issue”.