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Manmohan takes on Modi
Questions Gujarat model of development
Accuses CM, his party of twisting facts

Jabalpur (MP), November 17
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today hit out at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi saying there were several question marks over the Gujarat model of development. He accused Modi and the BJP of resorting to falsehood and twisting facts to target rivals.

Addressing a rally here, he blamed the BJP for bringing down the standard of political discourse and vitiating the atmosphere with its “politics of negativism and separatism”, asking people to “think seriously” what the party that believes in "demeaning others" will do to the country.

"The BJP leader from Gujarat is always talking about the Gujarat model of development. But it is well known that several question marks were raised over the Gujarat model of development. The model need not work for the whole country. India is a very vast country where only one model of development could not work for all regions,” he said at an election meeting at the Wright Town stadium here.

Manmohan also took a dig at Modi for making "several goof-ups in matters relating to history". "This showed what kind of a man he is," the PM Singh said in the hard-hitting speech.

"In his zeal to malign others, a big BJP leader often resorts to falsehoods. He frequently distorts historical facts. Once in his enthusiasm to attack Congress, he misrepresented facts about a leader who is respected a lot in BJP," he said. Manmohan Singh took jibes at the BJP and said its enthusiasm was confined to criticising others. It was only interested in making personal attacks on other leaders, he said. "It is good for our democracy that political parties have enthusiasm, but it should be constructive. This should be used to tell people what good they will do if voted to power. It seems to me that the enthusiasm of BJP leaders is all about condemning others," he said.

"In the last few months, we are seeing a lot of negative politics and the standard of political debate has gone down drastically," Singh said, accusing the BJP of starting it all.

The Prime Minister said the saffron party needed to change its ideology. "The BJP is practicing politics of negativism and separatism. With this, it can never hope to usher in any kind of development. I think there is a need for the BJP to change its ideology," the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister noted that over the past few days the BJP had been praising several Congress leaders from the past. "It is a matter of happiness for my party. Such men were not only leaders of the Congress, but of the whole country," Singh said. — PTI

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  • "Under what provision of the law was the Indian Telegraph Act violated? Who should be punished for these violations?" Union Minister Jayanthi Natarajan demanded to know
  • The Congress said an independent inquiry should be held into the allegations so that "no further harm and violence is done to the Indian Constitution and the women of India, above all, are safe"
  • The BJP hit back at the Congress, saying the woman was provided protection on her father’s request because she was being harassed
  • “How were the CDs that were part of official state property made available to members of the Opposition,” BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said in New Delhi





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