Modi criticises PM on malnutrition issue
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Last Updated: Friday, January 20, 2012, 20:54
  
Godhra: Hitting out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his "late realisation" of the malnutrition problem in the country, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said, instead of "merely making comments on the issue", the PM should provide a solution for it.

"Last week, the Prime Minister expressed agony and pain over the issue of malnutrition in the country and said that it was a shame for the country. But actually, it is shameful that the Prime Minister, who holds such a high post and is also an eminent economist, did not realise it till 2012," Modi, while addressing at his 23rd Sadbhavna fast in Godhra, said.

"If an academician or a professor had made such a statement, I would have understood. But he is the Prime Minister of the country. Merely making comments on the grave situation is not enough, the PM should do something and give a solution," Modi said.

Modi said that he himself realised the gravity of the malnutrition problem in 2004 and started taking measures to end it in Gujarat from 2005.

Modi also urged the people to decide whether they want vote bank politics or an all-inclusive development politics. "In the 60 years after the Independence, other political parties had adopted vote bank politics just to gain power. They (parties) are just worried about those people, who are their potential vote bank," Modi said.

"However, in Gujarat, the government has gone for an all-inclusive growth in the last 15 years," Modi claimed. "Now, the people of the country have to choose between these two political cultures. One is divide and rule through vote bank politics and other is inclusive growth for development of all," Modi said.

Coming down heavily on the Centre for the soaring inflation, Modi said, "Politicians, who are part of the Union Government, had promised the people, during their election campaign, that they would tame inflation within 100 days, if they came to power. However, they were not able to do so."

Modi further said, "For the first time, development has become a central issue of the nation. It is due to Gujarat government and the work done by the six crore people over the last 10 years that development has become a major issue in the country."

"Earlier, the elections used to be centred around the vote bank politics, in which, only votebanks got strengthened. But the common man did not benefit. We have ended this tradition.

"We have adopted the sole agenda of development and achieved new heights. Gujarat has now become the benchmark for development and made other states to look for development," Modi said.

Modi further said that during the ongoing election campaign in Punjab, the former chief minister of Punjab Capt Amrinder Singh, a Congressman, promised that if he was voted to power, he would take his state to the same heights as of Gujarat.

Taking a dig at the Gujarat Congress, Modi said, he understands the feelings of the Congress, "who have lost everything after being in power for 40 years." "Their condition is like a severed tail of a lizard, which does not stop moving (for a while), even after it is cut off," he said.

Modi further said, "Godhra has a history of communal violence and there was a time in 1985, when there was a curfew for 300 days. But curfews and riots have vanished since the last 10 years. It is due to the atmosphere of peace, unity and brotherhood in the state, which has resulted in development." Modi said, his Sadbhavna Mission would end the vote bank politics.

PTI


First Published: Friday, January 20, 2012, 20:54


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