‘Heartless’ Sonia cruel to poor: Modi
Continuing his attack on Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Chief Minister Narendra Modi has described her as a "heartless mother" for failing to express grief for the poor, hit hard by the rising prices of essential commodities.
"Madam Soniaji ek vaar to vedana na be shabd vyakt karo, tame to maa chho... aa kevi nirdayta (Madam Soniaji you are a mother, express a few words of sorrow at least once...what kind of cruelty is this)?" Modi said while addressing a public meeting at APMC market at Sanand — the country's emerging auto hub — on Tuesday night.
Modi blamed the Congress for having failed in controlling inflation, a promise that the party had made while campaigning during the 2009 general election. Modi said due to inflation the poor are finding it difficult to make ends meet.
He also blamed the Congress for the death of Junagadh party president Leela Kunti from whom the party mandate for a candidate was snatched away by a boy. He could not file his nomination on time. Kunti died of heart attack on Sunday.
While addressing the crowd, Modi reiterated how he has changed the fate of once nondescript town Sanand into a land of car manufacturing. Calling himself a "chief minister who works like a labourer", Modi pleaded for another five years while promising to bring more changes in Sanand in his next term.
During the programme various local leaders including MP Natuji Thakore, Bhavan Bharwad, Pradipsinh Vaghela, Ratilal Varma, Chaitanya Shambhuji Maharaj among others were also present.
CM takes on Cong over fertiliser prices
Ahmedabad: Chief Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday criticised the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre for "not finding time" to ensure availability of fertilisers to farmers even as it is trying to hard sell the FDI policy in Parliament. "I am surprised to know that FDI issue has reached Parliament, which makes way for MNCs to spread business in India...but the central government has no time to discuss how fertiliser can reach farmers," Modi said while addressing poll rallies in different parts of the state. "FDI in multi-brand retail will lead to closure of small grocery shops, and render small shopkeepers jobless," he said reiterating his party's stand on the issue.