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Modi accuses PM of adopting 'double standards'

Last updated on: August 15, 2012 20:07 IST

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Terming prime minister's Independence Day speech as disappointing, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday questioned his silence on the Mumbai violence and asked him to clarify his government's policy on the issue of Bangladeshi infiltrators.

He also accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of adopting 'double standards' with regard to incidents in Assam and Mumbai in his 66th Independence Day speech Junagadh.

"Why the prime minister has remained silent on the violence in Mumbai, while he expressed remorse on the violent protests in Assam? Why this double standards ? How can a prime minister of a country be mum on such a serious incident," he said.

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Image: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi


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"The infiltration of Bangladeshis in India is becoming a issue of concern. Assam (violence) is just a small example of it becoming a major problem for the nation," Modi said.

"Prime minister, the country wants to know what are you thinking about Bangladeshi infiltration. What are your policies? Will Bangladeshis have a sway in India," Modi said.

Modi said he heard the prime minister's speech not as a chief minister but as a common man and was disappointed. The chief minister expressed shock that the the prime minister can say 'prices may rise' or cite coalition compulsions.

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Image: PM Manmohan Singh delivers the Independence Day speech from Red Fort on Wednesday
Photographs: Courtesy: PMOIndia/Twitter

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"What happened to the promises of cheap interest rates for the middle class people to build houses or the cheap education loans," he asked.

He said if the PM makes promises but does not keep them, how does he expect the people of India to believe him and his government? Modi also wondered why there was no plan to tackle malnutrition. He also accused the PM of waking up late to the issue of skill development in the nation.

Taking a dig on those opposing Gujarat's development policies, particularly the Congress, Modi said that it is 'your prime minister who says that FDI is needed in the country for employment generation".


Image: Children participate in the Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort
Photographs: Courtesy: PMOIndia/Twitter
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