Centre used intelligence agencies against me: Modi

Upbeat by the victory in polls to local bodies and panchayats, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi accused the UPA government at the Centre of using all its probe and intelligence agencies against him and Gujarat.

Updated: Oct 24, 2010, 00:33 AM IST

Ahmedabad: Upbeat by the victory in polls to
local bodies and panchayats, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi accused the UPA government at the Centre of using
all its probe and intelligence agencies against him and
Gujarat.

"Congress is using all the investigation agencies and
intelligence agencies like the RAW, NIA, CBI and IB against
Gujarat and me," Modi told a rally here.

"Had the energy used by them against Gujarat for the last
one and half years been directed towards Pakistan, half of
the problem of terrorism would have been solved," Modi said,
adding that he was saying this with full responsibility.

"You (Centre) have misused constitutional bodies, you
have used all the ways of oppression but people of Gujarat
have shown that they do not fear this kind of suppression,"
Modi said.

BJP had made the arrest of junior home minister and
close aide of Modi Amit Shah by CBI in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake
encounter killing case as its core issue in campaigning for
local body elections.

"If you try to disturb the democratically elected
government, people will not tolerate it anywhere in the
country," Modi said.

"I urge them (Congress ruled UPA government) that if
they have taken this route to gain power in Gujarat they
should leave it and fight in a democratic manner. If you have
some problem with me, then come and talk to me," Modi said.

He said the local body elections have changed the
mindset of many classes of the society that believed for the
last 60 years that only Congress can ensure better future for
them.

"Poor class of society has put their faith in BJP this
time," Modi said.

Modi said the tribal belt of central and south
Gujarat, where BJP has been facing defeat for the last 60
years, have also shown positive results for the party
in these elections.

"Over 100 Muslim candidates of BJP have won elections
this time, which also shows that the minority community has
voted for BJP," Modi said.

PTI