UPA govt. has failed to deal with Maoist threat: Modi

Talegaon (Goa), June 9 (ANI): After the elevation as Chairman of BJP's 2014 poll campaign body, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday pulled up the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government at the centre for its failure to deal with internal security challenges in a firm manner.

In a rousing first speech after his elevation, Modi accused the UPA government of failing to neutralize the threat from the Maoists.

In a direct reference to the May 25 Maoists attacks on a convoy of Congress leaders in Chattisgarh's Bastar district, Modi said, " Recently the Prime Minister had called a meet to discuss the internal issues. All the Chief Ministers were present. Suddenly he got up and read out a condolence speech for all the Congressmen who lost their lives in the Chattisgarh massacre. When my turn came I said I second PM but would like to add that I also condole the death of the policemen who died and also the innocent. I also condoled the lost lives of the two soldiers at the border who were beheaded. I said I also express grief to the death of the Kerala fishermen."

"The things that I said or did don't you think the PM should have done the same? Shouldn't this thought come to the PM's mind? We should take the death of every citizen seriously. But unfortunately the government that is there in New Delhi is not worth expecting anything from," Modi further said.

Earlier, Narendra Modi thanked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh for selecting him appointing him as the chairman of BJP's Election Campaign Committee for the 2014 polls, saying that he was extremely honoured by the decision.

Describing the state of Goa as a lucky mascot for himself, Modi said that it was this very state in 2001-02 from where BJP leaders had chosen him to lead the party and manage affairs in Gujarat, and added that the results were there for all to see.

BJP president Rajnath Singh, alongwith party leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley greeted Modi after he was anointed as chairman of the BJP election campaign committee for the 2014 polls at the party's National Executive meeting here.

"I am grateful to Rajnath Singh (BJP president) for giving me this responsibility. I am extremely honoured to hold this office. Rajnath Singh has a large heart, has inspired us to work hard. I have been given a responsibility for a new task. I will give this opportunity everything that God has given me," Modi said.

"When did I ever know that I would be entrusted with this position and this responsibility? The BJP believes in hard work. We are all workers and, it is our responsibility to do whatever is entrusted to us," he added.

"The elders of the party have molded me. Many great politicians have put their energy and work and time behind me, as much as they must have given their own children," the Gujarat chief minister said further. (ANI)


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