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Swami Agnivesh mocks Modi's claim of Gujarat being a model state

Saturday July 07, 2012 12:26:18 AM, Agencies

Vadodara: 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 saying.

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 years.


"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 wrote.






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