No differences between me and Modi: M M Joshi

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Kanpur, Apr 14: Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Monday sought to dismiss reports projecting him as saying there was no Modi wave in the country and denied there were any differences between them.

"There is nothing like differences between me and Narendra Modi. He is the party's most popular leader and he represents the party. "I said people are frustrated with the misrule of the Congress-led UPA and Modi is the natural leader to reflect the feeling of the people against the government," he said.

Joshi, who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from here, was seeking to clarify reports arising out of a television interview that he had dismissed a Modi wave in the country and that it was only for the party.

Referring to the debate over growth model, he said he had always maintained that India wa a huge country with several climatic zones and agro-diversities and there could be no one strait-jacket model for the entire country.

Joshi said the development model of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be applied to Kerala and what applies to coastal area can fit desert region. He said the BJP manifesto provides for various councils to go into issues and find solutions for development of various zones.

"Modi is a representative of the party as a PM it is not a highly personalised thing (the wave). It is a representative wave. "He gets support from different parts of the country, from sections of the society and from all leaders of the BJP," he had told "Manorama News" in controversial remarks.

Asked if the party would consider dropping Modi's name from its slogan from 'Ab ki baar, Modi Sarkar' and replace it with BJP or NDA, Rajnath Singh today said it was "natural to have Modi's name in the party slogan as he has been projected as the pime ministerial candidate".

On a question related to making public the communication between the then PM Atal Behari Vajpayee and Modi in the year 2002, Rajnath said that as far as timing was concerned, the Election Commission was there to look into it.

"The biggest communal party is Congress," he alleged. Regarding Amit Shah being banned from campaigning in UP, he said, "As far as I understand he has not said anything to incite communal passion. We don't believe in communal polarisation in the interest of healthy democracy."


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