Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi today taunted the Centre saying it expected discipline
from Anna Hazare but not from police in his state in an
escalation of war of words between the two sides.
A day after he wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
complaining against Home Minister P Chidambaram for trying to
"promote indiscipline" in the police force, Modi stepped up
his attack on the Centre, accusing it of adopting "double
standards" vis a vis Hazare and his team.
In another dig at the Centre, Modi said he would perform
the task of `cleaning-up` all sectors of public life in his
state effectively, so that Hazare does not have to go on fast.
"I have been given the responsibility of cleaning up
all the sectors, which I will perform effectively," Modi said
while addressing the students of Dharmasinh Desai University
(DDU) in Nadiad.
"If this succeeds, people like Anna Hazare will not have
to go on a fast."
On twitter, Modi said, "Look at the double standards of
Delhi`s Congress government, open your eyes to the larger
conspiracy!" he said.
"PM tells Anna (Hazare) to go to police for any
complaint... Disciplined behaviour is expected from Anna while
to the officers of Gujarat police who are indulging in
indiscipline, the message of the Cong government is `do not
worry we will protect you`," Modi tweeted on the microblogging
Action initiated by the Modi government against IPS
officers Sanjeev Bhatt and Rahul Sharma has kicked off a row,
with Chidambaram saying that the Centremight intervene.
Modi had yesterday shot off a letter to the Prime
Minister taking exception to Union Home Minister`s remark.
Gujarat government has suspended Bhatt and issued
chargesheet to Rahul Sharma. Both of them had spoken out
against the state government on the handling of 2002 Gujarat
riots. Bhatt, who accused Modi government of complicity in the
riots, was suspended on August 8 for "indiscipline".
chargesheet was issued to Sharma yesterday for alleged
misconduct in not submitting the original CDs containing
mobile call records, related to the riots, to the
In his letter to the Prime Minister, Modi had said, "The
Congress-led UPA government is trying to destabilize the
democratically elected government of Gujarat."
Chidambaram had on Friday offered the Centre`s help to
police officers facing disciplinary action at the hands of the
Modi government if they wanted so.
Describing this as "blatant interference" , Modi said
those who are making such comments should be told not to do
so. He said the "relationship and power structure between the
Centre and the state have been clearly demarcated.
blatant remarks by the home minister will create deep crisis
in the federal fabric of the nation... "