Eye on 2014, Modi sounds Guj Assembly poll bugle
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi attacked the Congress-led government at the Centre and said the people of this country are disappointed with the grand old party.
Rajkot: Stepping up his attack on the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the country is disappointed with it and also exuded confidence that the Congress will be wiped out in the state Assembly elections later this year.
Addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state executive meeting here, Modi said: "The country is disappointed and upset with the Congress led UPA government. Coalition compulsions are preventing Congress from acting against corruption."
Being optimistic about his win in Gujarat Assembly election in December, Modi said: "We have been winning elections since 2002 and Gujarat has turned electoral politics into developmental politics. People will vote us to power again this year."
"Gujarat in 1974 launched a campaign against corruption and toppled the (then) Congress government. There is no place for corruption in Gujarat," he said.
Targeting the government over rise in price of essential commodities, Modi said: "Look where inflation has reached. Every time our prime minister (Manmohan Singh) assures the nation that the inflation will come down but it rises further."
"If you cannot bring the prices down, at least bring it to that level where our Atal Behari Vajpayee (former prime minister) left it," he said.
Modi also raised the issue of falling value of Indian rupee against dollar.
"Look at where rupee has reached. Why is it only India has been so adversely affected? Smaller countries are coping with it, why only India is struggling?" he asked.
There were reports of anti-Modi protests at the venue by supporters of his bete noire Sanjay Joshi, who resigned from the party Friday.