Launching a scathing attack on Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today said the union government has shattered former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s dream to catapult India as a superpower in the 21st century.
Addressing the Indian diaspora in the United States at the conclusion of the two-day national convention of the Overseas Friends of BJP-USA in Tampa in Florida via sattelite uplink, Mr Modi shrugged off the US’ constant denial of a visa to him this morning, and highlighted the achievements of the six-year rule of the NDA government, saying it gave a new direction and inspiration not only to India but also to the world.
‘’Under the NDA government, hope was gaining ground that the 21st century would be the century of India,’’ Mr Modi said in his live speech attended by some 1,000 people in Tampa, Florida.
He further said, ‘’after the NDA Government’’ tenure was over our dreams of becoming a superpower were shattered. downfall of the country started.’
Mr Modi maintained that only the BJP can save the country from the current crisis, stating, ‘Today there is hope and aspiration for BJP. This is because, whenever any BJP member is given any responsibility, they give their best.’
He said that it was now for the people of India to decide whether the current government which is ‘the cause of the plight of the people’ should go or not.
‘It is not important who comes to power in this election, but how the country would come out of its present condition is an important issue,’ he added.
Modi said the people with the Congress are raising irrelevant issues and skirting the real problems faced by the country, adding that the country is, ‘being controlled by some vested interests who are trying to ensure Congress does not loose its grip over the reins of India’. Common people want a change in 2014 elections. The UPA government’s arrogance knows no bounds. It does not believe it fit to give its performance report for the last 10 years to the people of the country,’ he said.