New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh came under attack again by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi who said Manmohan was not accepted as a leader within his own party. As Modi goes on overdrive, one of the big questions is as to whether in this era of coalition politics, he could lead a coalition government.
The JD(U) for one has rejected Modi's mantra, saying the Gujarat model cannot apply to all states. JD(U) leader Devesh Chandra Thakur said, "The JD(U) does not accept Modi's Gujarat model of development. Each state has its own background."
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The BJD implied it's too early to say anything. "The BJP has to first win over 190 seats to stake claim. BJP will decide at the right time whether to back Modi," BJD leader Pinaki Mishra said.
Modi continued his offensive against the UPA government on Tuesday. Addressing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Kolkata, the likely Prime Ministerial candidate of the party ripped apart the rival Congress and Left parties through his powerful oratory. Modi alleged that the UPA was the most hated government since Independence and that "32 years of Left rule" had brought West Bengal to ruins.
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Modi did not spare anyone. He took potshots at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying that he was not accepted as a leader within his own party. "How can he be acceptable to the country when he is not accepted as the leader within his own party? I am sure no Congress party worker would say Manmohan Singh is their leader," Modi said.
Modi exhorted his party workers to throw the "corrupt Congress" out of power. "The people have lost their faith in the UPA government. Every worker of the BJP must focus on uprooting Congress from this country. The UPA wastes no time in targeting BJP-ruled governments which are corruption-free," Modi said.
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While addressing three chambers of commerce in Kolkata on Wednesday, Modi also highlighted how his governance in Gujarat has taken the state to places. Boasting of his 5F model, Modi said, "I introduced a new policy - Farm to Fibre, Fibre to Fabric, Fabric to Fashion, Fashion to Foreign. Today we are a revenue surplus state. We have not increased any tax in the past 12 years, only stopped the leakages," Modi said.
Promoting Gujarat's model of maintaining its power sector, Modi slammed the Centre's way of handling power crisis in the country. "The Gujarat electricity board was suffering major losses, but today Gujarat has surplus electricity. What has Delhi given to India? It has kept the entire country in darkness. There are coal and power stations, but the power stations do not have coal to produce power and the country is in darkness, the files are lying with the Centre for action," Modi said. "We will introduce a policy to promote solar energy through which every person can have solar panels on their rooftops and sell power," he said.