High on civic poll win in Gujarat, Modi blasts Congress
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 22:43
  
Ahmedabad: With BJP sweeping the polls to six municipal corporations in Gujarat and crisis in saffron party-ruled Karnataka persisting, Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday warned Congress-led UPA that blatant "misuse" of constitutional offices would backfire.

"The Congress has been blatantly misusing the constitutional offices. Their policy will backfire. People will also give them a befitting reply, as they have done here (in civic polls)," he said addressing a victory rally here.

Modi's statement comes hours after the saffron outfit routed the Congress in the polls to six municipal bodies held in the backdrop of the arrest of his close aide Amit Shah by CBI in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

"The example of blatant misuse of Governor's office comes from Karnataka. About 15 to 20 years back, Raj Bhavans used to function like Congress houses. They (Congress) have brought back the same situation," the BJP leader maintained.

"The Congress has become desperate to destabilise the governments of Opposition parties, and that is the reason B S Yeddyurappa (Karnataka Chief Minister) is being targeted."

"They tried it here also in the form of CBI. I had told them during the campaigning that by using CBI you can get people arrested, but you cannot win elections," Modi said.

"Delhi sultanate, in its arrogance, has been asking questions like who is Modi?, who are the people of Gujarat who are not electing them for the last so many years? So use CBI against them," the Chief Minister said.

"I want to say that we are heirs of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. People of Gujarat will not get frightened by CBI," Modi thundered and saluted the people for the BJP's landslide win.

"Delhi sultanate (a reference to Central Government) has tremendous power and adopts various methods to defeat its opponents.

"I hope this election result will end the hallucination and day dreaming of many people," said Modi.

"People are very clever and they have given the reply to injustices committed by the Centre through their votes."

Modi said BJP has bagged nearly 80 per cent of the votes in almost all the places - Surat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar.

This massive electoral support for the saffron outfit would not have been possible without Muslims voting for us in large numbers, the BJP leader said.

"More than 30 per cent of Muslims have voted for us. That is the reason we have been able to get over 80 per cent of votes," Modi said, adding this will dispel all the myths regarding Muslims of Gujarat.

He asked party workers to respect the huge support for the BJP and ensure that results are delivered to the people.

"People of Gujarat have accepted our politics of development and we need to continue it," the longest serving Chief Minister of the state said.

’Huge win in civic polls due to Muslim support’

Savouring BJP's huge victory in civic polls in Gujarat, Chief Minister Narendra Modi tonight said this would not have been possible without Muslims voting for the saffron party in good numbers.

"More than 30 per cent of Muslims have voted for us. That is the reason we have been able to get over 80 per cent of votes," Modi said addressing a victory rally after the party swept the elections to six municipal corporations across the state.

"This (electoral support from Muslims) will dispel all the myths regarding Muslims of Gujarat," he added.

Modi, who completed nine years in office last week becoming the longest serving chief minister of Gujarat, said the BJP has managed to win the hearts of Muslims.

However, the Muslim candidates fielded by the BJP were unlucky at the hustings. All the 11 Muslim nominees of the party had lost, according to BJP sources.

"We will work for people for the next five years, will work for everyone's development, irrespective of the places where we have won and the places where we lost," said Modi.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 22:43


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