Now Advani publicly lauds PM candidate Modi
Korba (Chhattisgarh), Sep 16, 2013: BJP patriarch L.K. Advani Monday lauded Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi who was anointed the party’s prime ministerial candidate despite his opposition.
Advani, a former deputy prime minister, showered praise on Modi in Chhattisgarh and said he has taken development to rural hinterland of Gujarat.
“My colleague Narendra Modi, who has been declared as PM candidate of the party, was the first leader who had taken development in rural areas of Gujarat. He ensured 24-hour power supply in each and every village in Gujarat from where I too belong as a member of parliament,” Advani, 85, said amid applause in Chhattisgarh’s Korba town where he dedicated a 500 MW Hasdeo Thermal Power Expansion Project.
Though Advani opposed it, Modi was made the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Sep 13. An unhappy Advani did not attend the BJP parliamentary board meeting where Modi’s name was decided upon and wrote a scathing letter to party president Rajnath Singh expressing his displeasure and disappointment. He also talked about “anguish in my heart” in the letter.
Three days later, Advani, one of the founders of both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the earlier Bharatiya Jana Sangh, spoke up in Chhattisgarh.
Advani, who lauded Modi, was also quick to heap praise on Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and said he was also doing the same job in Chhattisgarh that Modi has done for infrastructure and power in Gujarat.
“An honest leadership in Chhattisgarh has brought good governance to the state,” Advani said while referring to Raman Singh who is heading the BJP government in the mineral-rich state since December 2003. Chhattisgarh goes to the assembly polls by the year-end.
“They are taking the development to rural masses and I feel proud to see their achievement and success,” said Advani while referring to Modi as well as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Raman Singh.
Advani lavished praise on Raman Singh and said the new state Chhattisgarh has seen a tremendous development. He advised the BJP government to focus on education and health sectors and appealed to students to always keep updated with changes in IT sector to match pace with development.
“Raman Singh always thinks for his people and the youth and their welfare. I thank him and his cabinet colleagues for making Chhattisgarh a power surplus state,” said Advani in the presence of the Chhattisgarh chief minister and his few cabinet colleagues.
Raman Singh said Chhattisgarh has put in Rs.17,000 crore investment for power generation, transmission and distribution system and electricity was available in the state round-the-clock at the cheapest rate in the country.
“Even in the period when several states faced blackout due to Northern Grid’s failure, Chhattisgarh remained totally unaffected and even supplied power to other states,” Raman Singh said.
The plant, which was built by Chhattisgarh State Power Generation Company Ltd. at Rs.3,671 crore, has taken the total power generation capacity of the 13-year-old state to 2,424 MW. The demand in the state even at the peak hour is about 2,000 MW…….IANS
Reacting to the BJP’s anointment of Modi as its prime ministerial candidate, the SAD President said the BJP had taken the right decision and that the tables had now turned against the Congress led UPA government. “Let’s see whether the Congress has the guts to announce Rahul Gandhi as its prime ministerial candidate”, he said adding “due to Modi sahab’s anointment you will see more and more allies coming into the NDA in the coming days and witness the shrinking of the UPA”.
Welcoming the decisive action of the BJP and congratulating party president Rajnath Singh for the same, Mr Badal said he was always of the view that the NDA should announce its prime ministerial candidate so that the people of the country were aware who they were voting for eventually. “The BJP has taken the right step by announcing Modi sahab’s name as he alone can instill confidence among investors who are feeling utterly let down by the flawed policies of the UPA”, he added.
The SAD President said Mr Narendra Modi had undertaken massive development in Gujarat which had been acknowledged the world over. “I am confident that Modi Sahab can replicate the same success at the national level”, he said while congratulating the Gujarat chief minister on his anointment as the party’s prime ministerial candidate. “I on my behalf can assure the party that the SAD will be steadfast in its support to Modi Sahab”, he added. EOM
Chandigarh September 13 - The Shiromani Akali Dal patron in chief and Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal said here today that the anouncement of the name of Mr. Narendar Modi as the BJP' Prime Ministerial candidate signals the start of the count down for the exit of the anti-poor and anti-farmer UPA government at the center. In a statement here, Mr. Badal said that the decision was in sync with the mood of the nation and would and that it would help the country get rid of the "grave paralysis of administrative and political will under the scam-tainted UPA regime.".
" The announcement would " move the scam-hit UPA government from the ICU to the mortuary as the news amounted to complete withdrawal of life support system to an already deceased body," said Mr. Badal. The Chief Minister expressed the confidence that Mr. Modi would free the country from the misrule of the Congress-led UPA government "The country today badly needs liberation from the clutches of the Congress-led government that has seen the poor become poorer, farmers driven to debt and suicides, middle class reeling under crippling inflation, corruption scaling shocking and unprecedented heights and the country in a state of siege from threats to its internal and external security. "
Mr. Badal said that Punjab and Punjabis were looking forward to a change in government at the center as the people of the state were reeling under the anti-Punjab, anti-poor and anti-farmer policies of the UPA.
Chandigarh, September 13 - Shiromani Akali Dal President and Deputy Chief Minister Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal today welcomed the BJP's decision to announce Gujarat Chief Minister Narindra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate.
Reacting to the development here, Mr Badal said the BJP has made the right decision and that the SAD welcomed the development whole heartedly.
The SAD President while congratulating Mr. Modi, said people of the country were eager to topple the directionless Congress led UPA government. He assured the Gujarat chief minister that the SAD was steadfast in its support to his candidature. EOM