At Kolkata meet, Narendra Modi slams UPA for destroying the Indian dream

Narendra ModiChief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi waves his hand coming out after offering prayers at world famous Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, in Kolkata. (PTI)

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, in Kolkata at the behest the Merchants Chamber of Commerce here to address a special business session today - 'Modi's Vision of a Vibrant Growth Model for India' - castigates Congress-led UPA for destroying the dreams of Indian states, ruining the national economy and trashing India's image across the world.

While Modi is in Kolkata today, Mamata reached New Delhi and is expected to meet PM Manmohan Singh at 7:30 pm. She is meeting PM after having accused his govt of imposing an 'economic blockade' on West Bengal.

Speaking to industrialists, Modi begins by talking about the vibrant growth model in Gujarat and its suitability for implementation across the country. Flaunts state's achievements across power, agricultural and other sectors, Modi says this makes the model worthy of transplantation across the country.

He quickly shifts focus to West Bengal and takes dig at the political culture present there that leads to frequent strikes and closed factories that have kept the state chained to a very low economic growth rate.

In an indirect initial condemnation of the Mamata Banerjee and Left brand of politics Modi thanks industrialists for being there and having managed to survive despite facing so many constraints.

However, Modi quickly shifts direction again and holds Left squarely responsible for all that ails West Bengal, says "Left ruined West Bengal."

Seemingly holding out an live branch to Mamata, he says West Bengal CM is filling up potholes that were created over the last 32 years and adds, that while media is not interested in the Gujarat growth story, yet it is very much interested in the 'Mamata-Modi' comparisons. Modi indicates that he is not in Kolkata to compare relative merits and demerits of both states.

Gradually, he grew increasingly effusive in his praise for Mamata mentioning how she has battled to pull West Bengal back from the brink of a financial precipice. He adds that it will take years for Mamata to roll back decades of mismanagement of the state. Modi then expressed confidence that West Bengal govt will 'fulfill people's dreams'.

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