After HC blow on Lokayukta, Modi targets UPA govt

Last Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 23:06

Valsad: Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday remained unfazed by the Gujarat High Court rap over Lokayukta appointment and trained his guns on Centre, accusing it of misusing Constitutional offices like that of Governor to "destroy" the state`s public life.
Modi also said that Gujarat will not bow before "Delhi
Sultanate".

"Use all Constitutional bodies against us, use all
Constitutional posts against us, and please see you do not get
late in using them," he said addressing a gathering after his
day-long `Sadbhavna Mission` fast in this South Gujarat town.

"This Delhi Sultanate should listen carefully, Gujarat
will never perform `mujara` (paid dance) in Delhi `Darbar`. Do
whatever you can. Those days (of dependence on Centre for
funds) are gone. We are not a bankrupt state," the BJP
stalwart thundered.
"The problem is that people of Gujarat have not given
anything to Congress for the last so many years, and that is
the reason they (Congress leaders) are targeting me."

"I tell people of Gujarat to continue not giving
anything to Congress. Till we have blessings of six crore
people of Gujarat, nobody can defeat us," Modi said.

He alleged the Centre was misusing Constitutional
offices like that of Governor to "destroy public life of
Gujarat".

Modi`s attack on the Centre came a day after Justice V M
Sahai rejected the state`s plea on the Lokayukta issue
yesterday to give a 2-1 verdict in a setback to him.

Justice Sahai had severely criticised Modi and said the
"pranks" played by the Chief Minister on the Lokayukta issue
"demonstrates destruction of our democracy".

The judge also described Modi`s refusal to accept
Justice(retd) R A Mehta`s appointment as advised by the
Gujarat High Court Chief Justice as "spiteful and
challenging", saying the action demonstrated a "false sense of
invincibility" on his part.
The Lokayukta issue landed in the court after Governor
Kamla appointed Justice (retd) R A Mehta as head of the anti-
corruption body in August last year by "bypassing the State
Government".

PTI



First Published: Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 23:06

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