Nitish, not Modi, leads the way in BJP's yatra

Published: 18 November, 2011 07:03 IST | Amit Kumar |

Party leaders refrained from mentioning the Gujarat chief minister in their respective speeches

Party leaders refrained from mentioning the Gujarat chief minister in their respective speeches

Ayodhya: After the grand success of Nitish Kumar in the Bihar assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), it seems, has decided to follow his mantra of success. In fact, no party leader, including BJP president Nitin Gadkari, talk about Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in their respective speeches. During the party's Vijay Sankalp Samagam rally on Thursday at Ayodhya to mark the end of the 18-day long Jan Swabhiman Yatra in Uttar Pradesh, BJP leaders refrained from mentioning the implementation of the Gujarat model of development.

For instance, former UP chief minister Rajnath Singh made it clear that his party will contest the upcoming UP elections on development issues. Singh has promised that if his government comes to power, it will ensure disbursement of agriculture loan to farmers on one per cent interest rate like it has facilitated the scheme of subsidised farmer loan in Karnataka. Similarly, the Ladli Laxmi scheme for the girl child will be implemented, like in Madhya Pradesh. Singh also promised that his party's govt will implement the Public Service Guarantee Act, like in Bihar, to prevent corruption.

Loss of memory?
On the other hand, while speaking on the poor condition of farmers in UP, Gadkari said, "While UP produces about 25 quintals of sugarcane per acre, Maharashtra farmers produce 100 quintals. If my government comes to power in UP, farmers will be facilitated to increase their earnings by Rs 6,000 crore per annum by raising the production. In addition to it, the state will produce electricity using bagasse as I practice in my state."
But Gadkari never took the name of Modi or his state during his entire speech.

Although BJP leaders claimed that they would fight the election on development issues only, everyone missed to list the achievements of Modi in Gujarat. In light of people's perception that leaders only make promises and never deliver, sources say party leaders do not want to make any unrealistic promises and are only talking about implementation of those schemes that are working in NDA-ruled state. But, even in this list, not a single Gujarat scheme finds mention.

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