UPA govt devaluing institutions: Narendra Modi



Mumbai: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the UPA government was devaluing the institutions, and accused it of pitting CBI against the IB.

"By misusing CBI, you are destroying the fabric of the country. Our Congress friends don't understand this as their selfish interests are involved," he said.

"Now CBI is interrogating IB, asking them who are their informers," he said. "Nobody has misused CBI as much."

The BJP leader was speaking on 'good governance' at a function to launch the book 'Beyond A Billion Ballots' at the Bombay Stock Exchange this evening.

"If there is political leadership, which came from the grassroots, with the will and vision, no bureaucrat can obstruct it," he said. "What is needed is political intervention, not political interference."

"Today the Central government is more at war with the states it dislikes than it is at war with Pakistan," Modi said. "Because they don't like Gujarat government, what did they do? The Income Tax dept issued notices to the investors who came to participate in our Vibrant Gujarat Summit."

"In Nehru's time the institution of Planning Commission was set up which had its own sanctity. Now they have set up the NAC (National Advisory Council). Here, one prime minister tells the official prime minister to do something, and the official prime minister does it," Modi said.

"The system should not be person-centric. Will the country sink if a family goes here and there?" ("Ek parivar idhar-udhar ho gaya toh...") he said.

"The first requirement of good governance is that those in government should have faith in people. Their role should be of a trusteeship and not of owner," he added.

"Do those in government today have faith in people? You ask any Income Tax department person. They treat all traders as thieves," Modi said.

"When there is a sense of belonging, of trusteeship, then the country will feel like ours," he said.

"Democracy is not a contract system where the contract is renewed every five years through ballot," he said.

"Some people think that to talk of Ram Rajya means secularism is endangered," Modi said.

The "legalistic" UPA government had reduced itself to a lethargic government, he said. "We must shift focus from procedural audit to performance audit."

Modi recalled the Emergency imposed by erstwhile Congress government on June 26, 1975, and said it stifled democracy. "Emergency was an attempt to snatch away our rights. The country's soul was crushed," he said.

"The Election Commission had in 1983 said the conditions are not conducive for conducting polls in Assam. (The then Prime Minister) Indira Gandhi did not pay heed and held polls in order to extract political mileage. The result was the biggest massacre in India, the Nellie massacre," Modi said.

Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari, who was also present, lamented that though Maharashtra had more resources, it lagged behind Gujarat as it did not have a leader like Modi.

The book is authored by Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, who is in charge of the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, a city-based institute.

PTI