Narendra Modi targets Gandhi family

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 03, 2013 09:47 hrs

New Delhi: In one of his most stinging attacks on the Congress and the Gandhi family, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the ruling party has dedicated itself to the welfare of just one dynasty and not the nation and hence it should be thrown out like a second freedom struggle for good governance.

Addressing the third and concluding session of the Bharatiya Janata Party's National Council meeting here, Modi called all the prime ministers of Congress, particularly Manmohan Singh, a puppet in the hand of the family and even went to the extent to say that present President Pranab Mukherjee was not made the Prime Minister because he was a man connected to pragmatism and perhaps could have done better and proved himself.

Modi called Manmohan Singh as a person disconnected from reality and mixing sarcasm with his characteristic articulation Modi said the former was chosen as just a nightwatchman of Gandhi family but it is only that the night became very, very long.

"Perhaps Pranab Mukherjee could have been a better man than Manmohan Singh. Perhaps the country could have been saved," he said.

"If Pranab-da were successful what would have happened to the family? Congress has dedicated the whole party to one family," said Modi.

Modi named all former Indian prime ministers ranging from Morarji Desai to Chandrasekhar and VP Singh who could ascend to the position only after they stepped out of Congress party.

Modi said Atal Bihar Vajpayee was the real prime minister of India who could also tested the nuclear capability of India.

He said whether or not any party get the hint, the nation has decided to throw away Congress.

"People have already decided to end the Congress misrule," he said.

Modi said what Congress calls reforms are not reforms but a wrong economic policy. He slammed the political pundits for giving certificates to Congress which led the country to such a situation.

He said the BJP is with a mission while Congress is for commission.

"The battle will be between mission and commission. The name of Congress itself is commission party," said Modi.

"Relieving the country from Congress is in itself patriotism," said Modi. "For Surajya (good governance) also you have to fight like we got Swaraj fighting the English," said Modi.

Modi said with Gujarat he forced the nation to talk in terms of development.

"Now we are compared with various countries and our BJP ruled states' example will inspire all others," said Modi. He gave the example of Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh for his work for tribal welfare in a Maoist affected state.

"We cannot disappoint the nation, friends. We have to come out with an alternative to Congress because it anyway has to go this time," said Modi.

Modi said there is darkness all over but there is not bar in lighting a lamp, triggering thunderous applause at his 45-minute speech.

He urged all to fulfil the dreams of Swami Vivekananda who wanted India to be on the forefront.

Narendra Modi shined at the BJP conclave here as party president Rajnath Singh on Saturday called the leader, who won a third consecutive election in the western Indian state, as 'the most popular Chief Minister'.

Singh heaped praises on Modi and said Gujarat has become an 'example under the leadership' of the Chief Minister.

Modi is likely to be appointed the chairman of the BJP's election committee by the end of March, according to media reports.

At the conclave of the BJP, Modi got a special treatment. He was welcomed specially for the massive win in the state elections for the third consecutive term.

With the upcoming assembly polls and the general elections in 2014 in focus, the BJP conducted its National Council and National Executive meeting in New Delhi from Friday to Sunday.

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