New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi accused the UPA government of bonding with the enemies and attacked the Centre's foreign policy, while addressing the Indian diaspora in the US via video conferencing on Monday.
"Our army personnel get decapitated and we send chicken biryani to the prime minister of the country responsible for it. I can't understand why the Indian government is asking its own troops to withdraw from its own land," he said, referring to the standoff with China and LoC tensions with Pakistan. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader's address comes on the occasion of 53rd Gujarat Day.
Taking a swipe at the UPA and the recent scams, Modi lashed out saying that the misgovernance of some individuals at the top have broken trust of 120 crore Indians and that it was time to re-establish that 'trust'. "The biggest problem confronting India is lack of trust. We need to re-establish the trust. Even coal has not been spared, what else is left?," the BJP leader said.
Reaching out to the diaspora community, Modi lauded the Gujaratis for being cultural ambassadors of India abroad. Highlighting the all-round progress made by his state, he said that the world is looking at India very minutely.
"Growth should be inclusive, should be uniform and should affect all segments including the tribals and the fishermen. When it comes to infrastructure, we connected all points of Gujarat through roads. Earlier there was a vertical line (which came in from Rajasthan and exited Gujarat towards Maharashtra). I concentrated to develop the horizontal lines as well so that development reaches the fishermen in the west too," he said.
All-praise for the Gujarat model, he once again batted for the inclusive and uniform growth and development followed by the state. "In 2008, the world was hit by recession, but we were safe because of our approach towards development. We now need to focus to how to include women in the country's development. We need to enthuse youth and inculcate them in the growth path. We need productive utilisation of our natural resources," the Chief Minister said.
However, Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi said, "If Modi is so popular then why did his party lose the Karnataka elections inspite of his campaigning there? He should answer this question. People's votes decide popularity not Modi himself".