Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday hit out at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, saying he was desperate to become the prime minister.
“He is desperate to become the prime minister. He has announced his candidature so early. But he doesn’t believe in transparency and accountability,” Sibal told a press briefing.
“They talk of transparency and accountability. Look at the kind of Lokayukta in Gujarat,” Sibal added.
The Union minister also sought to question Modi on claiming ownership to Sardar Patel’s legacy.
Sibal said, “If you want to build statue of unity, then build it in your heart first. Apologise first to people (for 2002 riots)."
“The kind of language he uses is not a part of our Indian culture and he talks of statue of unity,” Sibal added.
“Narendra Modi is always angry, always acrimonious, uses language which is not in keeping with Indian tradition.”
It may be noted that Modi had yesterday laid the foundation stone of Sardar Patel’s statue along with senior BJP leader LK Advani on the banks of Narmada river in Ahmedabad. The statue, which Modi is calling ‘statue of unity’ will be the largest in the world.
Sibal further challenged Modi for a debate “on any topic, any language, on any platform”. But added, “I know that he won`t debate, he could never hold a press conference till date, how will he debate!”
“He has never spoken about his view on foreign policy, education etc. He has no vision. All that he says is Congress has destroyed India,” the minister said further, and added “all that he does is gives speeches in a controlled environment”.
Sibal also hit out at Modi over his knowledge of history, saying, “He doesn`t even know Chandragupta Maurya was from Gupta dynasty and that Takshila is in Pakistan.”
“A man who doesn`t even know his country`s history, how can he run the nation?” Sibal asked.
Sibal also accused Modi of using black money in his election campaign.