Slamming the Left for its idea of floating a Third Front, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said it would turn India into a ‘third rate’ country and launched an all out attack on the Mamata Banerjee Government and the opposition Left.
Addressing his first rally at the Brigade Parade Ground here, the Gujarat Chief Minister said the Congress had ‘insulted’ Pranab Mukherjee by denying him the chance to become Prime Minister first after the murder of Indira Gandhi in 1984 and then in 2004.
“Don’t forget the Congress insulted Pranab Mukherjee. The Congress should have made him the Prime Minister after Indira Gandhi’s death. In 2004, also Pranab was the seniormost, but Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi chose Manmohan Singh,” he said.
Criticising the Left parties for their role in ‘destroying the eastern region’, Mr Modi mocked at their ‘secularist stand’ calling it a ‘vote bank politics’ that only misleads Muslims. “These people who do politics in the name ofsecularism practice the politics of vote-bank by misleading Muslims. They have done nothing for the minorities. They destroyed the eastern region. You must banish them from the Indian politics forever,” he said. “For a Government, secularism means nation first,” Mr Modi said.
He claimed that western Indian states had developed more than the eastern states because no Third Front leader had ever ruled a western province. Mr Modi, however, stopped short of going aggressive against West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.