‘Centre wants discipline from Anna but not police’



Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that he would perform the task of 'cleaning-up' all sectors of public life in his state effectively, so that Anna Hazare does not have to go on fast.

Continuing his attack on the Union Government, Modi also accused it of adopting "double standards" vis a vis Hazare and his team.

"I have been given the responsibility of cleaning up all the sectors, which I will perform effectively," Modi said while addressing the students of Dharmasinh Desai University (DDU) in Nadiad.

"If this succeeds, people like Anna Hazare will not have to go on a fast."

On twitter, Modi took a further dig at the Centre. "Look at the double standards of Delhi's Congress government, open your eyes to the larger conspiracy!" he said today.

"PM tells Anna (Hazare) to go to police for any complaint... Disciplined behaviour is expected from Anna while to the officers of Gujarat police who are indulging in indiscipline, the message of the Congi government is 'do not worry we will protect you'," Modi said.

Action initiated by the Modi government against IPS officers Sanjeev Bhatt and Rahul Sharma has kicked off a row, with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram saying that the Centre might intervene.

Modi had yesterday shot off a letter to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, taking exception to the Union Home Minister's remark.

Gujarat government has suspended Bhatt and issued chargesheet to Rahul Sharma. Both of them had spoken out against the state government on the handling of 2002 Gujarat riots.

Bhatt, who accused Modi government of complicity in the riots, was suspended on August 8 for "indiscipline". A chargesheet was issued to Sharma yesterday for alleged misconduct in not submitting the original CDs containing mobile call records, related to the riots, to the investigating officers.

PTI