At Bihar BJP function, Modi as PM chant grows louder

AC P Thakur, Sushil Modi and Shatrughan Sinha at an event to mark BJP’s 33rd foundation day in Patna Saturday. PTI

THE BJP foundation day function here was marked by senior leaders projecting Narendra Modi as NDA's candidate for PM, saying the country needed a powerful leader to bring out change.

They also attacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his recent statement that "one person can't make change", giving examples of leaders who brought about change almost single-handedly.

Shatrughan Sinha started his speech with "Om NaMo SuMo", a reference to Modi and Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and launched a scathing attack on Rahul.

"How can Rahul say one individual can't make a difference? We have leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose and Jai Prakash Narayan who brought about great changes almost single-handedly. Rahul has been unsuccessfully trying to defend PM Manmohan Singh for multiple failures," he said.

Sinha said the BJP was the only alternative of Congress. "We have powerful leaders. We have NaMo and SuMo."

Sushil Modi said, "In the implementation of 20-point programme, five top-performing states were non-Congress states. Gujarat was on top of chart. The Centre was so embarrassed with poor performance of Congress-ruled states that it did not release the list." He said he had known Narendra Modi for a long time and had it not been for good performance, he would not have become CM for the third time.

He said coalition was about "equal partners" and BJP, on its combined strength with partner JD-U, would win all 40 Bihar seats and help in ousting the UPA from the Centre. "We have always spoken of inclusive growth and are taking along Hindu, Muslim, Dalit and OBCs on path of development," he said.

Newly appointed BJP national vice president CP Thakur, a staunch Narendra Modi supporter, talked about "power of one". He said, "It has been enough of a weak PM. The country needs a strong PM. Whether in history or mythology, we have strong individuals. Lord Rama was one, so was Lord Krishna. It is all about an individual making great impact."

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