Friday, December 7, 2012

BJP ‘gags’ Modi at nat’l executive

Gujarat EDN
DNA  27SEP2012

Modi at Surajkund in Haryana
Modi is believed to have spoken about misuse of CBI and UPA’s injustice to Gujarat at Surajkund, but his remarks were not publicised by the party
DNA Correspondent l Gandhinagar
Chief minister Narendra Modi’s entry at the venue of BJP national executive council meeting at Surajkund, Haryana may have temporarily suspended the party’s agenda, at least for half an hour, but his presence isn’t being discussed too much.

This may be a preventive measure to ensure that Modi doesn’t steal the show again with his speech, or may be the BJP leaders are generally downplaying him — but nobody is talking much about what the poster boy from Gujarat had said in the meeting. However, sources in BJP said that Modi too didn’t speak much in the meeting.

Sources said Modi almost mentioned about the same issues which he had been talking about at all the public gatherings in Gujarat during Vivekanand Yuva Vikas Yatra. It further said that he talked about Congress fighting the forthcoming assembly election against him along with the CBI.

However, the party chose not to publicise his remarks fearing that the hardline leader, who is a strong contender for the prime ministership in the 2014 general elections, may hog the limelight over the party’s national executive meet.

Sources said the BJP is grappling with the leadership issue and would not like to project Modi too much at the meet. This was also evident from the fact that the party’s posters at the venue carried pictures of Modi along with other chief ministers like Raman Singh of Chhattisgarh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan of Madhya Pradesh and PK Dhumal of Himachal Pradesh and central leaders like LK Advani, MM Joshi, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj.

Modi made a presentation about his government’s achievements in a poll-bound state. Alleging that the Centre is meting out “step-brotherly” treatment to BJP-ruled states, Modi said the recent controversy over rationing of LPG cylinders was a creation of the UPA government.

Sources said Modi maintained lakhs of cylinders would be saved if the Centre gives permission to Gujarat to send its gas pipelines to people’s homes. Modi said his slogan for the forthcoming Assembly elections will be: “Sab ke saath, sab ka vikas (with everybody and for everybody’s progress)”. (With Agencies)