Chidambaram’s hint to Modi: Think beyond budhiya, gudiya
The home minister, who was in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, assails the Gujarat CM and the BJP for raising irrelevant issues; accuses Modi of spreading ‘blatant lies’
AHMEDABAD MIRROR BUREAU
PChidambaram, a stickler for punctuality, was a tad late for a press briefing in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, but he made sure that he spent every minute of his address pillorying the BJP, especially Narendra Modi.
The Union home minister derided Modi’s budhiya (an old woman) and gudiya (a doll) remarks, and accused the Gujarat chief minister of ratcheting up issues that are irrelevant to the Lok Sabha elections.
“These are national elections, and we should talk about national issues. Budhiya and gudiya are not issues (that concern voters),” Chidambaram told 60-odd people, including journalists, at the Congress Bhavan in Paldi — a far cry from the size of venues and crowds that Modi prefers for his addresses. “The issues that concern the people of Gujarat are social harmony, security and development.”
Chidambaram, who was the target of a scribe’s shoe earlier this month, didn’t blanch at journalists’ proximity to his rostrum on Wednesday. He blamed Modi for leading people to think that the elections were only about Gujarat. He also accused Modi of spreading “blatant lies”.
Referring to Modi’s comments on the Charar-e-Sharif gun battle in Jammu & Kashmir in 1995, he said: “Modi has stated in a public meeting that terrorists holed up in Charar-e-Sharif shrine were fed chicken biryani before being allowed to escape. A person holding the post of a chief minister should not be allowed to get away with such blatant lies,” Chidambaram, who was flanked by senior Congress leader Siddharth Patel and other party members, said.
He said that seven Army jawans lost their lives battling terrorists, who managed to escape. “Modi owes an apology to the Army for making caustic remarks,” he said.
During the press briefing, the home minister also rattled off the UPA government’s achievements (high economic growth and increased spending on various welfare schemes), and questioned the NDA government’s record at the Centre.
“Throughout its rule the Congress-led UPA government maintained a steady growth of 8 per cent, while the NDA could manage to maintain growth rate of barely five per cent during its rule,” he said. Chidambaram also stressed on the success of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).
CHIDAMBARAM ON RECORD
On Pota: Referring to the BJP’s demand for a POTA-like law, he said:“Does the BJP want that a confession made by an accused in front of a police officer be admissible in court? We scrapped POTA because it was abused.”
On BJP’s manifesto: “The BJP has not mentioned anything about industrial development in its manifesto. Please tell me can India grow without industrial growth?
On Cong’s manifesto: “The Congress’ manifesto is short, crisp and precise.”
On inflation: “Prices of some commodities have not decreased because there is a strong rural demand.”
On Sensex: “I am aware of sentiments of Gujarat’s people… the stock market is much higher right now than it was during the NDA’s rule.”
On poll security: “Naxal-affected states remain a worry. However, security personnel have been deployed to ensure that there is a huge turnout.”
On 26/11: Referring to Pakistan’s demand for more evidence, he said: “If Kasab’s mother is coming to India, is there a need for more evidence (for Pakistan to admit that he is a Pakistani)…”
News Paper :-Ahmedabad Mirror