Ananth Kumar says Modi a rockstar for Indian youth

New York, PTI | Updated : 28 July 2013, 09:34 AM

Terming Narendra Modi as a friend of India's youth, BJP leader Ananth Kumar said that the Gujarat chief minister is now "the new rockstar for them."

"Youth power is the real power in India and the way youth crowd swells when Modi addresses college and university students is something unheard of and he is the new rockstar for them," Kumar claimed.

People in the age group of 18-25 will decide the fate of India and they are all admirers of Modi and demand a change, he claimed.

Modi is a popular leader of BJP and has won Gujarat with a hattrick -- a record of sorts in Indian democracy, Kumar said.

"He was able to achieve this with his progressive and good governance. He has become an icon in his own stature. He was able to do this only by his sheer hard work and commitment. He does not believe in gimmicks," Kumar said.

Kumar condemned the alleged forgery of signatures in a letter written by MPs to US President Barack Obama seeking denial of visa to Modi.

"Its paradoxical that the Congressional Research Wing of the US Government heaps praise on Narendra Modi while another wing of the government closes its eyes to it and denies visa to him," Kumar said.

When asked about the Congressional Caucus on Indians and Indian Americans not taking up the Modi visa issue with the US State Department, he said it was an issue the US administration should address and India need not interfere.

First Published: Sunday, July 28, 2013 09:32 AM
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