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Updated: June 12, 2012 13:19 IST

Congress is a sinking ship, says Modi

Manas Dasgupta
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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addresses party workers on the second day of Gujarat BJP working committee meeting in Rajkot on Sunday.
PTI Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addresses party workers on the second day of Gujarat BJP working committee meeting in Rajkot on Sunday.

Accuses UPA government at the Centre of ‘total dismal failure'

Amid re-appearance of Sanjay Joshi posters close to the venue where the State Bharatiya Janata Party executive was meeting in Rajkot, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday termed the Congress a “sinking ship.”

Delivering the concluding address at the two-day meeting of the executive, Mr. Modi expressed confidence that his party would perform a hat-trick in the 2013 Assembly elections, after its resounding victories in 2002 and 2007.

“The people in the State have always supported the BJP and this time the conditions are even more conducive for us because of the total dismal failure of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre,” Mr. Modi said.

“Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has disappointed the people in the country so much that everyone is trying to find an escape route to get rid of the UPA government at the Centre. The Congress has developed a hole in the ship and is sinking as it has miscalculated the people's power,” he said.

Though an executive committee member, Mr. Modi's arch rival and the former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel was not even sent an invitation by the party to attend meet at his home town. Instead, Mr. Patel along with several other Modi-baiters appeared on a platform of the Mahagujarat Janata Party to address a rally of the tribals at Ghoghama village in the Panchamahals district some 400 km from the venue of the BJP meet.

Despite being still in the BJP, Mr. Patel made it clear that he would no longer be bound by the party discipline but campaign against Mr. Modi and the BJP to “create awareness among the people about their rights.”

He said he had been repeatedly told by the party to keep silent for the sake of discipline. “I have kept my mouth shut all these years but no more,” he said. Mr. Modi, he said, was making tall claims about the achievements of his government, but these were all “noise made by an empty vessel. The ground reality is different, the people have gained nothing.”

Mr. Patel, another former Chief Minister Suresh Mehta, the former Union Minister Kashiram Rana, MJP president Gordhan Jhadafiya, and other leaders who attended the tribal rally said the Modi era had benefited only a few industrialists and others, but the conditions of the people in general and the poor in particular had further deteriorated.

“Mr. Modi's talk of development meant development of only a few, not of the State or the people in general,” they said.

Mr. Modi, however, maintained that “development for all” would remain his party's corner-stone in the coming elections. “My critics are leaving no stone unturned to denounce Gujarat and my government, but we will not give up our promised line of development for all,” the Chief Minister said, and added that the choice of the people would be to select between “our development and the Congress party's caste-based politics.”

The executive meeting made no reference about either the absence of Mr. Keshubhai Patel or the on-going poster-war between Mr. Modi and his bete noire Sanjay Joshi, but posters appeared in Rajkot and also in Vadodara, carrying Mr. Joshi's photograph with the Nationalist Congress Party emblem. “Yes, we have splashed Mr. Joshi's posters to remind the people about what Mr. Modi has done to him,” State NCP president Jayant Patel, said.

The Modi-Joshi war was also kept alive by one Kutch Ladayak Manch which inserted advertisements in the local newspapers, describing Mr. Joshi as a Maharashtrian Brahmin and asking him to “reply to Chief Minister's ‘raj dand with his brahm dand.” It also demanded Mr. Joshi to take “political sanyas” if he was not capable of giving a “fitting reply” to Mr. Modi.

Some volunteers of the “Brahm Sena” wearing Mr. Joshi's masks also staged demonstrations near the venue of the BJP executive meeting but were quickly whisked away by the police.

The BJP executive also chalked out agitational programmes for the next couple of months to educate the people about the price rise and “misrule” of the UPA government at the Centre vis-à-vis the developmental programmes of the Modi government in the State.

While Modi is behaving as the Prime Minister elect,people are
expecting from him solid alternatives to corruption and economic
woes.He might be very popular with ultra hindu nationalists but he
still have to cover a long distance between Gandhinagar and North
Block.

from:  Wikrant Kumar Sharma
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 22:32 IST

If Congress party is a sinking ship as described by Modi,he also know that the BJP is directionless ship,which is navigated by number of Captains and it will dash any where at any time.

from:  V.Shanmuganathan
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 20:30 IST

Videsi is the new Swadesi. More investment you can attract into your state, the better politician you are.

from:  Dr RKRAO REBBAPRAGADA
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 15:46 IST

Agreed. But what next ? Which is the party which has National level
appeal ? BJP and Communist parties have done very little since
Independence to improve their chances. Third front is restricted to
plan stages. BJP should be ashamed that it could not shed its
religious party image and convince the voters about its ability to
give corruption free administration. Communist parties have never gone
off the ground and are struck in their end less conflicts about party
agenda. In the absence of any viable alternative, Indian voter is
forced to go with non convincing option. Single party governance is
next to impossible in the current scenario. Alliances of all sorts
will be forced which end up in unethical agreements. BJP will have to
do lot of home work if it dreams of forming next government at center.

from:  satyadev
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 11:44 IST

That is the truth but they will build new ones continously so the
country neednt worry.The Congress ship sank many times and due to the
last sinking they formed UPA and the Congress policies were not
adopted.
They are self seekers as all politicians are and UPA does not reflect
Congress policies but the policies of people seeking five year tenure
without change. If Modi is sincere he should specify compulsory rotation of ministries between one and half and two years for transparency in functioning of the Government.The Final question is whether he is interested in being a National with national interests or another self-seeker.If he is a national with national interests then any party and flag is of no consequence because they are all vehicles to take the country forward.

from:  Prof.Paul.V.John
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 08:39 IST

It is a stinking ship too. Unbearable Stench of corruption, nepotism, not careing about citizens prosperity and the country's development, wasted 55 years of rule with absoulte power. How many generation's future affected? Afterall this party is a cheap con of the original CONgress.

from:  Ayyappa
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 06:18 IST

There are many ways to bring down the prices of essential commodities and NDA and UPA have miserably failed not just as political grouping of various parties representing the people(sic!) but also as those who professes to hold national interest over above everything else.

Neither BJP nor Congress, the two major constituents of the UPA and NDA have put their minds in earnest to stem the rot in the country - as evidenced from the recent reported events:-

Loss of 70% of rural youth in Punjab to drug addiction: This is a recipe for wholesale farmer suicide in the what is called the granary of India.

NDA gift: Grains and pulses rot in Punjab and excess write off to feed blackmarket. Also ensure drugged generations give up farmlands and farming to multinationals waiting to grab fertile land in the guise of FDI in agriculture and retail as then they can source 70% of produce from within India - from their usurped farms.

UPA gift: Grain rot in Rajasthan and suicides in Vidarbha.

from:  r n iyegar
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 04:57 IST

I really liked the article. Unlike other paid bulletins, Hindu always
gives a complete analysis throwing light on both sides of the argument.
This is professional journalism in real sense. Please keep the good work
up team Hindu.

from:  Arup Dey
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 00:33 IST

In the above context Mr Modi states “If you cannot bring the prices down, at least bring it to that level where our Atal Bihari Vajpayee (former Prime Minister) left it,” , is lame according to me.How can any body expect the price of the commodities to be stagnant over a decade?At the time of my dad's childhood a dozen of egg used to cost less than a rupee....and now its 40 bucks a dozen.As a denizen's income increases,his expenses too increase,part of it due to his new wishes and the remaining due to the price rise.

from:  Azhar Ali
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 21:49 IST

Indian voters must follow the electorate of Tamilnadu who dealt a death blow IN 2009 POLLS to DMK for its corruption and family rule .Congress will be wiped out in all the coming elections including the 2014 elections . But the non-congress parties must convince the people that they are ready to take the mantle of ruling the states and the country without corruption and with efficient governance with a deep commitment . Otherwise , democracy will be the first victim . All politicians must introspect and take the poltics as a MISSION but not as a FAMILY BUSINESS.

from:  nuthakki radhakrishna
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 19:48 IST

The grass is not green on the other side always.. both need to introspect on their respective sides else hung parliament is the solution for 2014 lok sabka election...

from:  amutha
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 19:42 IST

It is unfortunate that BJP does not show up as a viable alternative - they should represent common man and support Anna Hazare for cleaning up the political system.

from:  D. Chandramouli
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 18:33 IST

Modi might be right saying that Congress is sinking. But what about Modi's BJP which has already sunk deep which nobody could retrieve. In the case Congress, the holes can be plugged and the ship can be saved, but in the case of BJP, it is laready lost. Modi saying this from Gujarat thinking that elsewhere in Indian, the BJP has same strength, he has very poor understanding about the Indian politics and social diversity of this country. In majority of the Indian states, the BJP is non-existing and people are not aware of who is Advani, who is Sushma, who is Arun Jaitly, let alone Modi. Poor fello with big mouth.

from:  RAJAVARMAN
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 18:08 IST

People got frustrated with the present government.That is one of the reason Modiji is getting mass support.However the party BJP to which Modiji belongs has not learnt any lesson.It ia the golden chance to oust the corrupt and evil government.The party should declare Modi as PM candidate to come to power.

from:  CA Satish Shetty
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 17:44 IST

I think Modi is saying that after just jumping off from a ship that already sank!

from:  MS
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 17:32 IST
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