Manmohan attacks BJP at poll rally in Gujarat

December 7th, 2007 - 6:43 pm ICT by admin  

Surat (Gujarat), Dec 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh took the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) head on over its remarks that Congress was “anti-Hindu”
Dr. Singh, who is on a visit to Gujarat to campaign for Congress party, said: “Congress has a history of 120 years. The Congress party is a gift of great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Vallabhai Patel. I think to accuse the Congress of any communal bias is an insult to the memory of our freedom struggle.”
He rejected the charge of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi that the Congress was anti-Hindu.
In an indirect reference to the BJP, Dr Singh said “somebody is now trying to paint the Congress party in wrong colours,” adding that “it is a measure of the fear and the uncertain future that faces them.”
“This is a sign of weakness and not a sign of strength,” Dr Singh added.
He emphasised that “it is not a good sign for any political party to divide our country on communal lines.”
Dr. Singh also rejected Modi’s allegation that Gujarat is being discriminated against by the UPA government at the Centre.
“Gujarat is the beneficiary of the accelerated process of development that we have launched,” he said, adding “We want to change the face of Gujarat villages, make them models for developments.”
“On the education front, Gujarat is still lagging behind. One-third of the people are still uneducated, apart from villages, even urban centres need to develop,” he said.
He credited the Central government for the successful completion of the Sardar Sarovar Project.
Dr. Singh is expected to visit the state for a second round of campaign on December 11.
Over 36 million voters will elect the 182-member Assembly in Gujarat in a two-phased election, as the term of the State’s Legislative Assembly is due to expire on December 26.
The first phase of elections in Gujarat will be held on December 11 and second phase on December 16. The counting of votes will take place on December 23.
The BJP managed to win 127 seats, while the Congress party was able to win only 51 seats in the 2002 Gujarat Assembly polls. The Janata Dal (United) and independents won two seats each. (ANI)

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