Mumbai: “There is no leadership in the country,” Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday, hitting at the Congress-led-UPA government at the Centre on the issue of policy paralysis and non-governance .
The fiery orator compared the Central government to fraud guru Nirmal Baba, who had no solutions to the woes of the people but just pretended to solve them. Coming heavily at the UPA government, Modi exhorted the people of the country to take them to task.
“Manmohan Singh government has no will to solve the problems of the country,” he added.
"There is no scope for any of our dreams getting fulfilled when such a government is in power at the Centre," Modi told a public rally organised by BJP here on conclusion of its national executive meeting.
"The government in Delhi has nothing to do with the sentiments of the common man. This government should not last a moment longer. The longer it remains in power, the more it will endanger the country," Modi charged.
Expressing concern over the rapid devaluation of the Rupee, Modi said, "This (devaluation) looks like a conspiracy. I am in the government. I know that the Rupee doesn`t get devalued like this." "Why doesnt the currency of other neighbouring countries fall so rapidly," he asked.
The UPA government, Modi alleged, has caused "maximum damage" to India`s federal structure.
The government is snatching power from the states and strengthening the Centre".
"The Prime Minister says we will have to improve ties with the states. This means that their ties with states were never good," he said.
Opposing National Counter Terrorism Centre, Modi said "why cannot the Prime Minister monitor the funding terrorists get from abroad as the Centre controls the borders and communication".
One by one he highlighted the failures of the Centre and once again reiterated the achievements and the progress made during his tenure in the state of Gujarat.
Apart from BJP president Nitin Gadkari and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, three BJP chief ministers were present on the dias – Chattisgarh CM Raman Singh, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan and the star speaker, Gujarat CM Narendra Modi. The rally was to mark the conclusion of two day conclave of the party.
Also speaking at the rally, senior BJP leader, Arun Jaitley said that the UPA government was plagued by policy paralysis and was directionless. “Everyday we are confronted with some or the other charges of corruption faced by the Central government.” This government will ‘weaken the country’, he added.
According to sources, efforts are underway within the BJP to give the Gujarat Chief Minister a national role, ahead of the 2014 General Elections, keeping in mind his popularity and pro-development image.
Sources said that after the state elections in Gujarat later this year, Modi will embark on a national yatra.
Also, the party is mulling to include him back in the parliamentary board. It may be noted that Modi was removed from the party panel during the tenure of Rajnath Singh as party president.
The developments come a day after the BJP forced Modi’s detractor Sanjay Joshi to quit the party national executive in a bid to placate the leader and make him attend the national meet in Mumbai, which he eventually did.
The move also paved the way for an amendment of the BJP constitution so as to allow a second term for Nitin Gadkari as party president.