NCP takes a dig at Narendra Modi, says crowd at his Mumbai rally from Gujarat

NCP took a dig at Narendra Modi on Sunday saying that majority of the crowd in his Mumbai rally were from Gujarat.

Updated: Dec 22, 2013, 20:27 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Manisha Singh

Mumbai: Even as BJP`s prime ministerial candidate for 2014 polls launched a scathing attack on the Congress here, the NCP took a dig at Narendra Modi on Sunday saying that majority of the crowd in his rally were from Gujarat.

NCP`spokesperson Nawab Malik said, “Majority of the crowd for Modi’s Mumbai rally was from Gujarat.” He also said, “Modi’s slogan is vote for India; we say vote for Bharat. The forthcoming election will witness a fight between India and Bharat.”

Further, hitting at the Gujarat CM, Malik said, “Modi’s knowledge of history proves to be weak again. Maharashtra had only 17 chief ministers not 26.”

On the issue of Sardar Sarovar project, the NCP leader maintained that Modi’s allegation about not getting permission to place the gates of Sardar Sarovar project held no ground. “Since Madhya Pradesh has failed to rehabilitate affected people, the permission for the gates is pending,” he said.

Modi, while addressing a rally in the financial capital of India today, accused the Congress of playing divisive politics and also hit at the grand old party over the issue of corruption.

He said that even though the Adarsh commission report had indicted ministers, the Maharashtra government had decided to save them. He also said that as per his wish, votes should be sought for the country and not in the name of party. “We want to say vote for India and free the country of dynastic rule, corruption and bad governance.”

The Gujarat CM highlighted the corruption in irrigation projects in the state and the massive drought that had led farmers to commit suicide.

Congress and the NCP are running a coalition government in the state. NCP chief, Sharad Pawar`s nephew, Ajit Pawar, who is the Deputy CM of Maharashtra, has been accused of corruption running into crores regarding irrigation projects.