In an oblique attack on the United Progressive Alliance government, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said there was lack of trust in governance in the country, which poses a "grave danger" to democracy.
The BJP leader, who is widely seen as the party's prime ministerial candidate, talked about economic reforms, supported the policy of privatisation and backed Foreign Direct Investment in various sectors but for retail.
"The system of governance is losing credibility, which poses a grave danger. The big danger is when there is lack of trust in governance. People look for other avenues for justice and it leads to social deterioration," he said.
Modi, while elaborating on his model of governance in Gujarat, sought to suggest that the divide between the Centre and state was hampering the country's progress and underlined the need for bridging it.
"Good governance means to win the trust of the people and tell the people what you are doing and why you are doing and involve people if possible...that transparency is lacking," he said.
Addressing 'Think India Dialogue' organised by the TV18 Network, Modi also accused the Centre of stalling several initiatives of the Gujarat government ranging from supply of piped natural gas to allocation of funds for conservation of Asiatic lions. He also mooted a new model -- the P4 model -- of including people in various initiatives of the government with the private sector.
"We have to go one step ahead of the PPP model to a P4 model of people-public-private partnership. We have to inform people what we are doing, involve them and then see how we can work wonders," Modi said.