Narendra Modi is threat to NDA itself: Tarun Gogoi

Guwahati, PTI | Updated : 15 June 2013, 08:22 PM

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is a "threat" to NDA itself as developments following his elevation as BJP's poll panel chief reflect, his Assam counterpart Tarun Gogoi said on Saturday.

"Modi is not a threat to UPA. Modi is a threat to NDA itself," he said, referring to incidents affecting the BJP-led alliance after Modi was made the head of BJP's national election campaign.

Accusing the BJP of forcing it to walk out of the alliance by not being forthcoming on Modi's future role, key NDA ally JD-U said the announcement of a split in the coalition is a "mere formality".

Earlier this week, BJP patriarch L K Advani had resigned from key party posts protesting against Modi's elevation to the national role, but later decided to continue after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat persuaded him to stay back.

Gogoi, who was addressing a press conference here, expressed his optimism about Congress victory in the forthcoming Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) election next week. He compared the two major Opposition parties in the state BJP and AGP with the scam tainted defunct Saradha group.

"I compare both BJP and AGP with the Saradha group. The group promised to deliver higher returns with their chit funds, but did not do that. Similarly, BJP and AGP promise to deliver to the public, but never do so," he said.

Citing examples of the then NDA government's 'India Shining' campaign he claimed that nothing good happened to the country during its rule. "BJP also promises that if people vote for them, they will build the Ram temple and when it will be built, there will be no problem in the country," Gogoi said.

Modi leadership has always failed: SP

Chennai: Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP leader Narendra Modi's leadership came in for flak today from Samajwadi Party, which alleged he has always failed in that front and would continue to be so in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

"Narendra Modi campaigned in Karnataka. Did you see what happened? He campaigned in Himachal Pradesh. Did you see the Congress coming to power there? His leadership has always failed,"SP National General Secretary Kiranmay Nanda told PTI.

Nanda was in the city to take part in the state executive committee meeting.

Charging the media with hyping up Modi, he said, "Where is Modi? He is only in TV channels and in Gujarat. See Karnataka elections and Himachal Pradesh."

Stating that a third front was definitely in the making, led by Mulayam Singh Yadav, he said Congress is the most corrupt government. "On the other hand, BJP is a communal force. Samajwadi Party would lead the third front under the leadership of Mulayam Singh Yadav."

To a query, he said, "Samajwadi Party has already said that we will not support the Food Security Bill. It is entirely anti peasant. It is nothing but an election stunt."

Earlier, police arrived at the spot after some party workers protested against the state leadership convening the meeting.

However, Nanda confirmed that Ilango Yadav is the authorised president of the party's state unit.

First Published: Saturday, June 15, 2013 08:20 PM
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