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Narendra Modi overwhelmed by public support at Pune

Last Updated: Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 22:19

Zee Media Bureau

Pune: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has thanked the audience for their support and response he received after addressing students at Fergusson College and party workers here on Sunday.

Narendra Modi tweeted, “Addressed large public meeting in Pune. Overwhelmed by the wonderful response of the people.”

"Congress Mukt Bharat Nirman is the only solution to all of India`s problems," he tweeted further.

Earlier in the day, while reaching out to the youths ahead of upcoming general elections, Narendra Modi first addressed students at Fergusson College and then a gathering of party workers.
The Gujarat CM accused the Congress of cheating the people of the country by failing to keep its promise of poverty alleviation, announced by then prime minister Indira Gandhi in the 1970s at the party workers meet.

Modi, who heads the chief Bharatiya Janata Party`s poll campaign committee, also targeted the food security ordinance issued by the Congress-led central government.

While speaking at the Fergusson College, Modi took a dig at Pune MP Suresh Kalmadi, saying that India lost its respect on the international stage by the way they organised the Commonwealth Games.

"A small country like South Korea hosted the Olympics and got international appreciation. But we, we made fun of ourself in organising a small event like Commonwealth Games," he said.

Modi also emphasised the importance of education, but stressed that India needed modernisation, not westernisation.

"We need modernisation, not westernisation, of our educational system. I support modern education but not blind aping of the West," he said, adding that the government needed to spend more on higher education.

"China allotted 20 percent of its GDP to its educational system as against India`s barely four percent. We need to spend 25 percent GDP on education today," he added.

First Published: Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 19:54

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