Social Activist Swami Agnivesh on Friday sprang a surprise by
criticizing and hitting at chief minister Narendra Modi while
welcoming the idea of a party being proposed in the state by
former chief minister Keshubhai Patel and other BJP dissidents.
"I strongly support this as there is
not much difference between the UPA and NDA. They are treating the
country as their property," The Times of India quoted him as
Stating that a group formed by leaders who had left various
parties and come together would not be an alternative in true
sense, Agnivesh said, "We need the alternative not merely as a
party, but even as a different political culture."
He also dismissed the claim that
Gujarat had become a model state for its industrial development,
seeking to know how many people had been displaced in the process.
"It is based on the western model of development and will lead to
destruction. Even the West is moving away from it," he said.
Swami Agnivesh also said that
Narendra Modi will never become the Prime Minister because of his
“mishandling of the 2002 Godhra riots”.
“Modi can never become PM because of
his role in the riots,” news agnecy PTI quoted him as saying.
“Modi’s Sadbhavna fast mission for promoting communal harmony was
a drama and stunt,” he added.
Earlier, in a hard-hitting article
posted on a website, Swami Agnivesh had criticised the RSS vision
on the Hindu Rashtra.
"What the people of Gujarat have
been manipulated into doing, if Praveen Togadia is to be believed,
is to stamp their endorsement on the RSS vision of the Hindu
Rashtra which, he assures us, will be realized within a couple of
"Is that the will of the people of
Gujarat? Or is this simply a fait accompli? Have they been taken
for a ride? Have the five crore Gujaratis spoken indeed? If they
have, is this indeed what they spoken: that all who oppose
Hindutva, including secularists, should be eliminated, according
to the best traditions of democracy?", he wrote.
"Coalition will be subjected to the
merciless logic of political homogenization, in the overt or
covert pursuit of attaining the RSS goal of Hindu Rashtra. Going
by all available evidence, the prime goal of BJP is to capture
State power and hand it over to the RSS.
"And the principal lesson from the
Gujarat elections for the NDA partners and all oppositions
parties, barring Congress, is that the communalization of Indian
democracy will leave them with no political survival space", he