Chennai: Mounting a scathing attack on the
ruling UPA coalition at the Centre, Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi on Saturday said it was the "most corrupt" government
after Independence even as there was a "lack of direction and
leadership at the Central level".
"The UPA government is neck deep in trouble, owing to
explicit greed for power and position. It is least concerned
about consolidation and expansion of the economy. The present
government is by far the most corrupt after Independence," he
said at the 42nd anniversary celebrations of Tamil weekly
`Thuglaq`, edited by noted political commentator Cho
Charging the Congress-led UPA with harping on vote bank
politics, he said it had resulted only in "gloom and
"Post-Independence, the Congress party`s single rule of
negative vote bank politics for almost 40 years has spread an
atmosphere of gloom and pessimism," he said.
In 2012, the country was faced with many problems such as
slowing down of economic growth, menace of terrorism,
naxalism, corruption and inflation, Modi said.
Despite increase in the level of aspiration and
willingness for hardwork on the part of citizens, the country
is not moving forward due to lack of direction and leadership
at the Central level, he said.
Modi accused the Centre of practising "coercive
federalism," besides using government agencies "to target
While his "Gujarat model of development," had received
accolades from all over, the Centre was "reluctant to extend
any incentive, leave alone assistance," to the state, he said.
"In fact, the UPA government has spared no stone unturned
as part of an individualistic vindictive policy to single out
and target certain states only," he alleged, adding agencies
like CBI, I-T and Intelligence Bureau were being used for this
He charged the UPA with using politics of divide and rule
which was "eating into the fabric of India".
Citing the Centre rejecting the GUJCOC (Gujarat Control
of Organised Crime Bill) Bill, "without weighing the gravity
of international security," he said it was a "glaring example
of Centre`s attitude."
The Communal Violence Bill and the bid to reserve 4.5 per
cent sub-quota for minorities were examples of majority-
minority vote bank politics, he said.
"India is in need of clean and transparent governance in
the 21st Century. A strong, stable and transparent leadership
in the demand of the time," he added.
On his Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa, whose
swearing-in ceremony as Chief Minister he had attended last
year, Modi said she was a "courageous and visionary leader
capable of making Tamil Nadu as a most progressive state."
"She is a leader who can give good governance and a
corruption-free government," he said.