People living in Gujarat on God's faith: Modi

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Rajkot, Dec 8 (UNI) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi tonight said that the people of Gujarat are living under 'God's faith, that is why there was no drought in the state since the last five years.

Addressing a massive public rally here tonight, he referred to yesterday's remark made by the Prime Minister in Rajkot where he stated that people of Gujarat who were not supporting the government are living on 'Gods mercy.'' The Chief Minister said, ''our faith in God helped us for all round development of the state and people have no fear of terrorism and people can't live on Sonia Gandhi's faith (mercy).

He alleged that under the previous governments which were mainly run by the Congress, the state had not made much progress during their forty year rule.

Criticising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who stated that the Central government had given adequate funds to the state and several development schemes were being undertaken because of its efforts, he said that the people of Gujarat are paying Rs 40000 crore in taxes to the Centre and in return the state was getting only Rs 4000 crore.

The Gujarat Chief Minister was reacting to Congress president Sonia Gandhi who described him as 'Merchant of death,'' said it is the grand old party which is ''hand in glove'' with the ''maut ke saudagar'' (merchants of death).

''The main conspirator of the Parliament attack case Afzal Guru has been awarded death sentence by the Supreme Court, but the ruling Congress government has not hanged him for the last one-and-half years,'' he said, while on the other hand the killer of General Vaidya' was 'Sikh' who was awarded the death sentence by the Supreme Court. The relatives of the killer had submitted a mercy petition to the President, but, the mercy plea was rejected 'within an hour' and the killer was hanged because he was a 'Sikh', he alleged.

Earlier, Sonia Gandhi, at a public meeting in Navsari district, had described the Modi government as ''dishonest and merchants of death''. ''Why is the government of Sonia Gandhi trying to save a terrorist like Afzal Guru? This shows who is with the merchants of deaths. I have been fighting these merchants of deaths while the Congress is with them,'' the BJP leader remarked.

The people of Gujarat will teach the Congress a lesson in the coming elections,'' Modi said.

''My government has not allowed mafias and terrorists to make foothold in Gujarat,'' the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister said, ''I have maintained a clean image in public life and nobody -- not even the media-- has pointed a finger at me on the issue of corruption.'' ''By defaming Gujarat, the Congress will not be able to come to power in the state,'' the BJP leader added. He appealed to the people to vote for the 'lotus' and give him another opportunity to serve the state.

UNI

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