Modi vents fury against Jawaharlal Nehru, Sonia Gandhi

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Ahmedabad, May 5: In what can be seen as an evident swipe on the Congress top brass and upholding the state pride, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said that Gujarat had not even bowed down before former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, doing so before current Congress President was out of the question.

Modi did not stop there and channelized his ire even on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said that Dr Singh's house was run on generators; while Gujarat was a power-surplus state.

He made these sarcastic comments in a function to dedicate the 32 km-long Narmada pipeline from Navada to Botad. The huge public gathering was held at Botad town of Bhavnagar district. Modi said, "The Centre should stop misusing its power to win elections of Gujarat. It is trying to destroy the people and the state which should be stopped immediately."

He added, "This state has not bowed down before (Jawarharlal) Nehru; what is Sonia's class? In Nehru's heyday, Gujarat did not bow down before him. We are descendants of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, we will not bow down before anybody."

Raking up history, Modi said that Gujarat was discriminated due to the differences between Nehru and Patel. He also alleged that Gujarat was ignored since it was the home state of Patel. He said, "Centre's anti-farmer policies have ruined the farmers of this country. The Centre has devised a plot to ruin Gujarat farmers by banning cotton export."

Modi in the event also commented that, in 2007, the Centre had diverted 200 MW electricity quota of farmers of Gujarat to Maharashtra, thereby validating his arguments.

In a further jibe, Modi commented, "The Prime Minister's house runs on generator...but Gujarat has become power surplus state. Gujarat is ready to provide power to Delhi, upon request of that state's administration, but the Delhi government transmission lines do not have the capacity to receive electricity from us."

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