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“People itching to throw out Congress”

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Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said corruption, inflation and several scams in the Congress-led Union government have had a sledgehammer impact on people and asserted that the 2014 Lok Sabha election was the most awaited one in the country’s history.

At a felicitation ceremony for him on his 64th birthday, which also marked the State’s first celebration of his coronation as his party’s PM candidate, Mr. Modi said: “Just like the people want scorching summer days to pass, they in India want the Congress-led UPA government to pass away and are looking for change.”

He said there used to be a time when people generally discussed about elections only after the candidates had filed their nominations, but now they were so fed up that they just want to throw the Congress out of power.

As he does every year, Mr. Modi first went to his younger brother Pankaj Modi’s house in the morning to seek blessings from his mother Hira Ba.

He spent some time with the family and his mother, who gifted him a copy of the Bhagavad Gita .

As he came out of the house, the Chief Minister told reporters that he got vigour and strength from people’s blessings.

Later, he even visited his bête noire and the former Chief Minister, Keshubhai Patel, to seek his blessings.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, besides national BJP leaders, also wished Mr. Modi on Tuesday.

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