Centre adopting coercive federalism policy, says Modi

Narendra Modi

Chief Minister Narendra Modi today accused the Centre of adopting a policy of "coercive federalism" and thus pushing states to a subordinate position by monopolising all powers of financial allocations, reducing even the constitutional rights of states.

Modi, who was addressing the 42nd anniversary function of Cho Ramaswamy's magazine Tughlak in Chennai, also lambasted the UPA's vote-bank politics, which, he said, was "destroying India's very fabric of democratic federal structure".

He said the UPA government has miserably failed in solving the common man's problems and in implementing the rule of "good governance". He further said the vote-bank politics for almost 40 years had "spread an atmosphere of gloom and pessimism" in the country. "There is no direction, the government just maintains a status quo," he said, adding that the government was neck-deep in trouble, owing to its explicit greed for power and position.

Claiming that Gujarat was capable of changing the political situation, he said the UPA government has spared no stone unturned as part of its "individualistic vindictive policy to single out and target certain states only".

He enlisted the communal violence Bill and the bid to reserve 4.5 per cent sub-quota for the minorities in the 27 per cent quota for the OBCs as another example of majority-minority vote-bank politics.

Talking about his Tamil Nadu counterpart, he described J Jayalalitha as a "courageous and visionary leader who is capable of guiding the destiny of Tamil Nadu as the most progressive state".

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