`Hazare may face vilification campaign`

Anna Hazare had on Sunday praised Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar for their work as CMs.

Last Updated: Apr 11, 2011, 19:58 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi, who came in for praise by Anna Hazare, on Monday said the
social activist may now be subjected to a "vilification"
campaign by a certain group "inimical" to Gujarat.

"Yesterday I heard about your blessings for me and my
state. I fear that you will be subjected to vilification. A
certain group inimical to Gujarat will not let go this
opportunity to malign your love, sacrifice, penance and
commitment to truth. They will try to tarnish your name
because you spoke well of me and my state," Modi said in an
open letter to Hazare.

Hazare, who led a successful campaign for the Lokpal
bill had said yesterday that "the way the Chief Ministers of
Gujarat and Bihar have worked in their states, this should be
emulated by other Chief Ministers".

Listing various examples, Modi said "you may be aware
that whosoever talks good of Gujarat, he or she will be
subjected to the vilification campaign".

Earlier, a senior Muslim Parliamentarian from Kerala
belonging to CPI(M) P Abdulla Kutty was ostracised from the
party after he praised Gujarat’s development, he recalled.

Superstar Amitabh was also attacked by this same group
when he had worked for a video promoting Gujarat tourism.

Maulana Ghulam Vastanavi of Gujarat, who was elected as
head of the Darul Uloom of Deoband, had also come in for
criticism when he praised Gujarat`s development, Modi pointed
out.

Recently, Major General IS Sinha of Golden Katara
Division of Indian Army, too was flayed by the same forces
when he praised the development of Gujarat and there was even
a demand for disciplinary action against him, Modi said.

PTI