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Updated: January 13, 2014 04:41 IST

Congress weakening federal structure, says Modi

Prakash Kamat
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BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde over his proposal to state governments to review terror cases against members of the minority community. File photo
The Hindu BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde over his proposal to state governments to review terror cases against members of the minority community. File photo

Accusing the Congress of weakening the country’s federal structure by ignoring autonomy of States, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday promised to strengthen its foundation if his party came to power.

Addressing about one lakh people at a “Vijay Sankalp Rally” on the outskirts of the city, Mr. Modi accused the Congress of “playing politics,” not acknowledging the autonomy of States and destabilising the federal structure much to the annoyance of State governments.

In fact, the Congress weakened all institutions of democracy in its quest for centralising power and skirting accountability, Mr. Modi said. . The autonomy of democratic institutions would be restored if the BJP came to power.

Urging voters to root out the Congress in the Lok Sabha election, he asked the crowd to take a pledge that it would ‘vote for India’ unlike in previous elections, when the people voted for individuals or a party.

“Jayanthi tax”

The Gujarat Chief Minister took at a dig at the former Union Minister for Environment and Forests, alleging that no file in the Ministry could be approved unless a ‘Jayanthi Tax’ was paid.

Mr. Modi criticised the Aam Aadmi Party, without naming it, saying some new friends had come up to save the Congress and they were criticising the BJP for corruption, oblivious of the long, dedicated and selfless service of BJP leaders such as Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Taking a dig at the media, Mr. Modi said it was so obsessed with what was happening in Delhi that it often ignored the good things happening in Goa and elsewhere in the country. “People should not believe in those who are seen only on TV,” he said in a veiled attack on the AAP.

He blamed the Congress and its allies for taking the country back by 50 years and said the party had infected the country’s polity with ills caused by dynasty-rule and corruption.

Attacking Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for urging States to exercise caution when detaining youth from minority communities on terror charges, he asked. “Does crime have a religion?” He called for a halt to the Congress’ ‘vote bank’ politics.

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This talk of federal structure is being raised by the BJP constantly. We have a Constitution where Centre- State relations are well defined. The BJP have also ruled but did not see any reason to bring about Constitutional changes. We have a State Govt like Gujarat who have no Lok Ayukth for over ten years. We have a GST proposal which will help the country and reduce prices for several years and all the States run by the BJP have opposed it instead of trying to find a workable solution! We have clear roles of the Centre and State on various matters including law and order, revenue sharing etc and these should be strengthened with positive reaction from all States instead of stalling Parliament debates without debate and discussion! That is the forum to settle any State related matters.

from:  S.N.Iyer
Posted on: Jan 13, 2014 at 20:26 IST

What a paradoxical announcement from the leader of a party which stands for a unitary form of governance! Is this, a federal government with maximum freedom for the states , really the policy of B J P?

from:  Chinta Sastry
Posted on: Jan 13, 2014 at 10:17 IST

Instead of going on accusing each other BJP should commit some thing about need of the Nation viz. Renovation of water bodies, provide block level infrastructure so as to save the 40% food grains , veg. fruits now wasting. By only one ordinance regularize all the binami moveable and immoveable WITH IN INDIA through voluntary disclosure , To produce 60% oil thro sources in India itself. Special law to contain lavish spending of petrol diesel electricity . Full electricity to Agrl. Industries residences . ,Contain vulgar violence shows in medias .To accept political parties' accountability as per RTI Act., Decrease import Increase export through new technology and honest hard work ,Prohibition in stages , To form consultative committee for each dept. by veteran well experienced citizens . All anti-corruption laws made to be made to come to effect in all states and center. If BJP promises so it would get power. CAN THEY ? Do the have such political courage!

from:  M. Sivaraj
Posted on: Jan 13, 2014 at 06:14 IST

See how Modi twists facts. He is known for his rhetoric. Shinde wrote in
the context that there are innocent Muslim youths languishing in jails
without proper trial. Whenever any blasts take place, the security
forces go and arrest some innocent Muslims youths and the real culprits
escape. It is in this context Mr. Shinde has written, take proper
enquiry before arresting them.

from:  Jitesh
Posted on: Jan 13, 2014 at 01:16 IST

It is pathetic that even now the BJP led by Modi cannot do without pointing fingers at Muslims in order to unite its followers on the basis of religion.This is shown by the attack on Shinde for his show of concern for the number of 'innocent' Muslims arrested on suspicion of being involved in jihadi activities. It is clear that both the parties depend on the presence of the large Muslim minority to garner votes. One by demonizing them and the other by making a needless show of being solicitous about their well being.

from:  Gussie Souza
Posted on: Jan 12, 2014 at 23:45 IST

Modi is right when he says that Congress is indulging in vote bank
politics of appeasing members of one religion with an eye on the
elections. what is worrying is the disrespect that politicians occupying
high positions exhibit in violating the established constitutional
promise of equality to every Indian . The media and intellectuals remain
silent spectators to these irresponsible utterances of politicians!

from:  gowrishankar
Posted on: Jan 12, 2014 at 23:11 IST
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