Modi rally in Haryana Sunday, Congress minister flays move

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 14, 2013 12:40 hrs

Chandigarh, Sep 14 (IANS) Narendra Modi will address his first rally after becoming Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general election in Haryana's Rewari Sunday.

The Gujarat chief minister's rally here, 90 km from Delhi, has generated controversy with unidentified people blackening his posters and a state Congress minister flaying him (Modi) for the rally.

State Power Minister Ajay Singh Yadav Saturday flayed Modi's rally move in Rewari, home to ex-servicemen, and expressed opposition to Modi's idea of telling what the Gujarat government was doing for people's development and welfare.

"Modi should have chosen a state that lags Gujarat. Haryana is ahead of Gujarat in key fields, including social welfare schemes, especially for defence personnel and ex-servicemen," he claimed.

"Gujarat government's incentives and facilities to freedom fighters, defence personnel, ex-servicemen and their dependents pale in comparison to what the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government has done in Haryana," he added.

Dismissing Modi's rally as an "attempt to mislead people and undermine the dignity of sainiks (soldiers) and freedom fighters", Yadav advised Modi to implement Haryana's innovative schemes in Gujarat.

Former army chief, Gen. (retd) V.K. Singh is likely to attend Modi's rally.

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