‘Nation will compare speeches from Red Fort, Gujarat’
press trust of india
Ahmedabad/New Delhi, 14 August
Narendra Modi today seemed to have already donned the mantle of BJP&’s prime ministerial candidate when he said the nation would be comparing his speech with that of the Prime Minister on Independence Day tomorrow, a remark ridiculed by the Congress.
“When we unfurl the tricolour, the message will also go to Lal Quila (Red Fort). The nation will want to know what was said there and what is said here (in Bhuj),” the Gujarat chief minister said while addressing a gathering of youth at Bhuj in Kutch district.
“On one hand there will be a series of promises, whereas on the other there will be the account of work done. On one side there will be despair (nirasha) and on the other side hope (asha),” he said.
Reacting to Mr Modi&’s statement, Communication and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal said in Delhi that those hearing him will be curious as to what misstatement of facts he is now going to make.
Mr Modi&’s remarks also drew a caustic response from Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla who said the Gujarat leader was “full of arrogance”.
The official Independence Day function in Gujarat is being held in Bhuj where Mr Modi will hoist the national flag.