Advani praises Modi`s leadership in Gujarat

Close on the heels of BJP leader Sushma Swaraj stirring a controversy by claiming that Narendra Modi`s magic may not work in Bihar, senior leader LK Advani on Sunday heaped praise on the "leadership" of the Gujarat chief minister.

Last Updated: Oct 31, 2010, 17:18 PM IST

New Delhi: Close on the heels of BJP leader Sushma Swaraj stirring a controversy by claiming that Narendra Modi`s magic may not work in Bihar, senior leader LK Advani on Sunday heaped praise on the "leadership" of the Gujarat chief minister.

"One of the distinctive traits of Narendra bhai`s leadership in Gujarat has been his imaginativeness. Last week, all MPs and MLAs from Gujarat witnessed at the CM residence a slide presentation titled `Gujarat reads` campaign. This is a new facet of the state government`s innovative programmes for Swarnim Gujarat," Advani said in his latest blog posting.

He said the campaign aims at preparing its citizens to cultivate reading habits and become better equipped for the needs of the "knowledge century."

His praise for Modi comes just days after Swaraj said in Bihar: "Modi`s magic and charisma have worked in Gujarat...but it is not necessary that everybody`s magic works at
every place..."

The remarks did not go down well with a section of the party and the Leader of the Opposition later issued a clarification saying that she was misquoted, apparently after
party chief Nitin Gadkari spoke with Advani on the issue.

In his blog titled `Gujarat to have tallest statue in the world`, the BJP leader said in the memory of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Gujarat has planned to raise a Statue of
Unity, 392 feet tall, which may make it the
Gujarat is observing the 50th anniversary of its formation. The proposed statue is being installed as part of works being undertaken in this year of `Swarnim Gujarat`. The
site is about 3.2 km from Narmada Dam.

Patel`s birth anniversary is being celebrated today.

PTI