Narendra Modi targets Rahul Gandhi`s `hero` remark

In a veiled attack on Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said that "criticising leader like Anna Hazare is improper and an insult to him."

Last Updated: Apr 18, 2011, 22:56 PM IST

Morbi: In a veiled attack on
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, Gujarat Chief
Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that "criticising leader
like Anna Hazare is improper and an insult to him."

Modi, without naming Rahul, said "working for people`s
right is our duty” and Hazare is not trying to become a hero by
launching such a campaign.

Congress General Ssecretary Rahul Gandhi in a letter
to Justice Krishna Iyer had said, "I am trying to end
corruption but I have no interest in becoming a hero".

The Gandhian had gone on a hunger strike to press for
a stronger anti-corruption bill and forced the government to
form a joint committee to formulate a legislation.

After laying the foundation stone of a branch canal of
Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNL) at Morbi, Modi
said "Anna Hazare has been fighting for peoples` right and
some people are targeting him for praising Gujarat over
development.

Accusing the Centre of `putting spanner` in
"development" work being carried out by his government, Modi
said, "the state government is committed to completing various
projects despite non-cooperation from the Union government.

"Gujarat does not receive any benefits like other
states and the Union government is creating hurdles in
completion of numerous projects," he said.

Accusing the Centre of obduracy, Modi said that SSNL
had sought permission from Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh
for erecting gates at the Narmada dam but the PM did not grant
it.

He claimed that Gujarat is the only state in the
country to have achieved ten per cent growth rate in
agriculture department.

PTI