Congress turning India's gold into sand: Modi

Ambikapur, Sep 7 (ANI): Continuing his barrage of criticism against the UPA Government and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday raked up the Telangana statehood issue, and alleged that the ruling Congress Party can turn gold into sand.

Modi alleged that there is bloodshed everywhere following the UPA Government's nod for the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

"Look at the way the Congress government created Telangana. There is bloodshed everywhere," he said.

Modi lauded former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee under whose rule Chhattisgarh was formed.

"Whenever I think of Chhattisgarh, it reminds of me of Vajpayeeji's decision. When Chhattisgarh was formed, Madhya Pradesh was also distributing sweets. When Telangana was formed, curfew has been imposed. This is the Congress 'ki karya shehli'," said Modi.

"Raman Singh has never depended on New Delhi for Chhattisgarh's development. Chief Minister Raman Singh has kept fighting with Delhi, and has not sat back. The Congress can turn gold into sand," he added.

The BJP's 2014 campaign committee chief also used the occasion to target the UPA Government over the deteriorating Indian economy and the decline in the value of the rupee.

"There is a Singh in Delhi (referring to Dr Manmohan Singh) and there is a Singh in Chhattisgarh too. Manmohan Singh is also a doctor and Raman Singh is also a doctor. The Singh in Delhi has destroyed the rupee," said Modi, while addressing a rally here with Red Fort replica in backdrop.

"Manmohan Singh is the doctor of the rupee and Raman Singh is the doctor of the people out here. Dr. Manmohan Singh may be the rupee's doctor but that rupee today is fighting for its life," he added.

Modi had earlier challenged the Prime Minister on August 15 - first saying that his address in Gujarat would draw as much attention as the latter's Red Fort speech, and then making a surprisingly political speech tearing into Dr. Manmohan Singh.

The Gujarat Chief Minister further said the 'arrogant' Congress Government at the Centre does not want to reply to the people of this country, who are dying with price rise.

"The Planning Commission comes up with figures that a family can live a day at a certain amount. The government in Delhi is not even aware how much the poor needs to spend a day," said Modi.

"They are not even aware as to how the poor of this country are living on what grounds," he added.

Modi alleged that the UPA Government sitting in Delhi is 'inhuman'.

"You can't even get two cups of tea in Rs. 32, forget a meal. Some people are shielded from even heat and dust, unaware of the living condition of the poor.

They think poverty is a state of mind," he said.

Modi, who was in full election mood, further said even the Supreme Court of India has negative things to say about the Congress Government.

"Raman Singh's initiative of giving food to the poor was praised by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had backed the Chhattisgarh programme and asked the government to learn from the Chhattisgarh model," he said, while lauding Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh.

"Power is not a tool for political game. The BJP governments serve people selflessly. I am sure the people of Chhattisgarh will back Raman Singh and elect him for another term," he added.

The BJP's poll panel chief also used the occasion to reach out to the youth of this country.

"We want to give opportunity to India's youth," he said.

Modi, who sought a third consecutive term for Chief Minister Raman Singh, had earlier this week said that he does not dream of being the country's Prime Minister.

"We shouldn't dream about becoming something but doing something. I have been given a mandate till 2017 by people of Gujarat and will continue to serve you," Modi told a class 10 student in Gandhinagar on Teacher's Day, when asked if he would return soon to address the students as the Prime Minister.

Modi is considered by many to be the BJP's face for the next general elections.

The BJP has, however, not officially endorsed his candidature yet. (ANI)

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