Sheila Dikshit takes on Narendra Modi, calls him divisive figure

Sheila DikshitRahul is totally secular and the Modi is totally communal: Sheila Dikshit (AP)

He does not represent the ethos of India, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said of her Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi, dismissing him as a divisive figure.

Dikshit, a senior Congress leader who is poised to seek an unprecedented fourth term as Delhi's Chief Minister in November, told PTI that there was no comparison between the Gujarat leader and Rahul Gandhi.

"One (Rahul) is totally secular and the other (Modi) is totally communal," Dikshit said while describing the BJP leader as "dictatorial" in nature.

Dikshit's remark comes in the backdrop of a section of BJP leaders clamouring for Modi to be made as the party's Prime Ministerial candidate in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

"He (Modi) is so difficult to judge because he is so full of himself...I do not think he represents the ethos of India. I think, we as Indians believe in the philosophy of live and let live. I do not think he represents that at all," she said.

Dikshit also criticised Modi's development model, saying it was "skewed" as a large section of population are left out. She also questioned the figures being projected by the Gujarat Chief Minister and said some of them are "false figures".

Asked whether Modi was trying to shift the focus from the 2002 Gujarat riots to his development model while setting his eye on prime ministership, Dikshit replied in affirmative and said, "I wish he came out as somebody who is more sincere. Somewhat the warmth and sincerity is not there."

On why India Inc hails Modi, she said some of them (corporates) had told her that the Gujarat Chief Minister has ideas but he is "mercurial and somewhat untrustworthy".

"Today Gujarat should have been a booming state which is not. It is in the eighth position," she said.

"Yes, it is a serious matter. You cannot polarise the country which is so diverse. How can you do it? Many of the figures that are talked about are false figures...Somehow he (Modi) has this kind of dictatorial (nature) and nobody questions it," Dikshit said when asked whether she subscribed to the observation that Modi was a polarising figure.

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