Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi on Sunday accused the Centre of persecuting him through
constitutional authorities, saying he would neither "break down" nor "bow out".
Modi`s statement came in the backdrop of recent
revelations made by IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt in his affidavit
in the Supreme Court implicating the CM in the 2002 communal
"I have been silent for one year. But today, when the
Golden Jubilee celebrations are getting over, I want to put my
word before the people," Modi said during the closing ceremony
of a function celebrating Gujarat`s Golden Jubilee year.
"This kind of discrimination in democracy, faced by
Gujarat, would not have been experienced by any other state,"
the chief minister said.
"In the coming days, I would be entering the battle
field with my full strength, I want your blessing," Modi told
"To tolerate injustice is also a crime, now Gujarat
won`t tolerate injustice," he added.
"There are thousands of opportunities to trouble Modi,
every constitutional authority has been let out to harass
Modi. But Modi will not breakdown nor would he bow out," the
chief minister said.
Modi also attacked state Congress, without naming it,
for boycotting the Golden Jubilee celebrations terming it
"We have always tried to take everybody together. But
those who wanted to take political advantage did not
participate or cooperate in the Golden Jubilee celebrations,"
Modi said without naming the Congress party.
Those who did not consider the golden jubilee
celebration as theirs, opposed it or created obstacles in it,
are anti-Gujarat, he said appealing the gathering to "not
Modi said that this was not his function alone, it was
a celebration for the entire state. "There could be
differences but why this kind of perversity?" he asked.
"Some people forget to take name of Gujarat, but they
can`t miss remembering Modi. They don`t feel blessed if they
do not remember Modi 108 times. They are into the habit of
criticising Gujarat," Modi added.
The chief minister said that the progress of Gujarat
was a collective effort of all the governments in the past 50
years and also by the leaders and people of the state.
"People of Gujarat know us very well. They do not have
any question in their minds about our philosophy or what we
are trying to achieve," he added.
The chief minister quoted Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh saying during his election campaign in West Bengal that
Muslims in Gujarat get better employment than in CPM
"Gujarat may or may not get a certificate, but truth
will always prevail," he added.
Gujarat Governor Dr Kamla Beniwal also greeted the
people on the occasion saying that the state government was
doing a commendable job.
Over 4,800 artists performed at the function which
included a light show and dance and songs about the history of
Most of the children who performed at the function
belonged to the underprivileged classes of the society.