Guess who's praising Modi? Goa Congress leader!

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2011 09:10 hrs

Panaji, April 27 (IANS) Congress leaders always cry foul over Narendra Modi, but the Gujarat chief minister has found high praise from a senior party official in Goa -- that too on Facebook.

State Congress general secretary Vishnu Wagh's comments praising the controversial Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief minister has triggered chatter on the social networking site.

Wagh, an award winning writer, dramatist and poet has not only called Modi a 'good CM' in his post dated April 23, but also expressed his regard for other senior BJP leaders like L.K. Advani, Arun Jaitley and party president Nitin Gadkari.

'Why shd Modi need an American Certificate? America is a rogue country. No doubt, Modi is a gd CM. very enterprising, bt 2 cal him one man army means belittiling (belittling) senior leaders lk Advani, Jetly, and Gadkari,' Wagh commented.

His comment was on the page, 'I condemn the behaviour of Congress party for staging a Conspiracy against Modiji', created by BJP sympathizer Durgadas Kamat.

Wagh's reference to the 'American certificate' refers to the Wikileaks revelation which quoted a 2006 diplomatic cable by Consul General in Mumbai Michael S. Owen as saying that 'Modi has successfully branded himself as a non-corrupt, effective administrator, as a facilitator of business in a state with a deep commercial culture, and as a no-nonsense, law-and-order politician who looks after the interests of the Hindu majority'.

Wagh in another post related to his pro-Modi comment has reiterated: 'I am firm about whatever I have said.'

Goa Congress president Subhash Shirodkar was unavailable for comment on Wagh's remarks.

Wagh is, incidentally, media advisor to the information minister and Chief Minister Digambar Kamat who also has in the past triggered controversy by telling the media in April last year that 'Modi is my good friend'.



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