UPA framing policies in AC rooms, losing connect with the country: Narendra Modi

Dehradun: Narendra Modi on Tuesday accused the UPA government of losing connect with the country and framing development policies in AC rooms in Delhi with "scant regard" for the unique features of different regions, and claimed that Congress will not cross 10 seat tally in several states.

The BJP's prime ministerial candidate was addressing a rally at Vikasnagar near here. "At present projects of the same nature are imposed on the whole country, a reason why they often fail to work out. We are a diverse country with some states abounding in rivers and some in deserts.

"How can we afford to have a single development model for the entire country?" he said adding, "one yardstick of development cannot apply to all regions," he said.

"Politics of caste or that of communities is of no use. Development alone is the cure of all our ills. But ours is a diverse country and our vision of development for a particular region should take into account its weaknesses and strengths," he said.

Modi alleged that development policies framed in air-conditioned rooms of Delhi are imposed on the whole country "showing scant regard for the unique features of the country's different regions."

He was here to garner support for party nominee from Tehri Lok Sabha seat Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah.

The BJP leader said that politics of development is the "panacea for all ills plaguing the nation."

"It is for this reason that the BJP in its manifesto has promised to devise a separate model of development for Himalayan states including Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand which have a geography different from the rest of the country," he said.

He claimed in terms of performance these elections will prove to be the worst in the history of Congress which will not cross the 10 seat tally in many states and will not even be able to open its accounts in several others.

Describing Uttarakhand as a state which is unique in many ways, Modi talked about the Ganga river which originates in the state, the char dhams and the Garhwal Himalayas and its rich wealth of medicinal plants.

He said the state can be developed as a hub of religious tourism in the country and its huge wealth of medicinal plants can be tapped to its advantage through investment in the pharmaceutical sector and employment generation.

"There is a lot in Uttarakhand which can open up avenues of development for the state. But neither the state government nor the mother-son government at the Centre can see that," he said.

Lunching a frontal attack on the Gandhi family without naming anyone, the Gujarat chief minister said the six phase of elections held so far have heralded the end of the mother-son duo rule.

"It seems God has chosen me to perform the sacred task of dragging Uttarakhand out of its misery. The way the almighty chose me to pull Gujarat out of the aftermath of the devastating earthquake," he said.

Exuding confidence, Modi said his political adversaries may have tried hard to stop him but he has made a place in the hearts of 125 crore Indians.

"Elections held so far show that the mother-son duo's days are over," he said.

"The problem with the mother-son duo is that they feel they are born to rule this country. They feel how can a tea vendor challenge them," he said.

Modi asked people to ensure the victory of all BJP candidates from the five Lok Sabha seats of Uttarakhand if they wanted to replace the Congress government at the Centre with a strong and stable government.

He said the BJP needs at least 300 MPs to provide a strong and stable government at the Centre.

Modi also said Rahul Gandhi visited poor people's homes not to know what poverty was all about but to upload his pictures of such moments on social networking sites to show of his concern for the poor for political mileage.

PTI
First Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 19:11
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