Ahmedabad: Buoyed by his last week`s
Sadbhavana fast, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday upped the ante against the Congress accusing it of conspiring
to dislodge his government through Raj Bhavan even as the
state BJP passed a resolution seeking recall of Governor
Addressing a big rally held at Vastrol on the outskirts
of Ahmedabad to highlight what he calls "injustice against his
government", Modi said, "You (Congress), for the last three
years, have used the Raj Bhavan to make a back-door entry to
run a parallel government" in the state.
"This is a mega rally against the conspiracy hatched
against my government", Modi said adding, the Governor has
"lost the dignity of the post" and demanded her recall.
"We have maintained silence since 2009 against the
injustice by Governor`s office, in order to maintain its
dignity and grace," he said.
Lashing out at the Congress, Modi said despite sustained
efforts, the Congress has failed to come to power in the
"In 2004, just 24 hours after the UPA government came to
power, Congress had said that Modi should pack up as Centre
will invoke President`s rule here. Since then they are
conspiring to remove my government," Modi alleged.
The Modi government and the Governor have been at
loggerheads since the latter appointed Justice R A Mehta as
Lokayukta, bypassing the state government. She has returned as
many as five bills in the last three years passed by the state
Assembly. The Modi government has challenged the decision in
the High Court.
"The Congress has not been able to impress people of
Gujarat for the last 20 years and they have remained out of
power. So now they are trying to run a parallel government by
using the Governor House," Modi said.
"Can a state have two governments? What will happen if
there are two governments in one state? Where will the people
go?" Modi asked.
"My elected government is opposing the governor with the
aim of upholding the Constitution and procedures," said Modi,
the two-time chief minister, who is hoping to achieve a
hat-trick in the assembly polls next year.
The state BJP, earlier in the day, issued an open
"charge-sheet" against the Governor, and demanded her recall.
It passed a unanimous resolution and urged the Centre to
recall her because she was "holding the highest constitutional
post yet she has been acting in a whimsical way which goes
against the federal character of the Constitution".
Hitting back at Modi, Congress spokesperson Abhishek
Singhvi said in New Delhi, "Modi has a lot to hide...and keep
The Chief Minister doesn`t want the Lokayaukta to go into
his "corrupt deeds", he said accusing Modi of "continuing in
his true tradition of irresponsible utterances".
In sharp contrast to his recently-concluded three-day
fast, Modi`s `maha rally` did not see the presence of senior
An array of senior BJP leaders, including stalwarts like
L K Advani had shared the dais with Modi during the Sadbhavana
fast. While Modi claimed the occasion was aimed at fostering
"communal harmony" in Gujarat, the Congress dubbed it as a
"gimmick" and an attempt at an image-makeover ahead of the
"Congress leaders are making the Governor visit
districts, meetings with the district officers are organised,
she gives direct orders to them; this is not in her ambit of
powers," Modi said at today`s rally.
"We tried to reason this thing out with the Governor. But
the pressure of the Congress party (on her) is very high, and
she cannot overcome it," Modi said.
"Same speech - same sentences spoken by a particular
leader of opposition in the state Assembly, were used in the
letters of the Governor. Raj Bhavan has been taken over by the
Congress for the last three years.
Modi also said that Gujarat was being treated like an