March 15, 2009

Mr.Modi alleges misappropriation of Rs 50,000 crore by UPA govt.

Pune (PTI): Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday night alleged that a CAG report has found a huge sum of Rs 50,000 crore unaccounted for and "missing" from the 'Central government coffers'.

"The country wants to know from Prime Minster Manmohan Singh about this money that has simply vanished," Mr.Modi, who launched the election campaign of BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra from the city, said.

Training guns on Singh, Mr.Modi said the country should know whether the huge sum of "missing" money purportedly mentioned in the CAG report was being used for "election purposes" by the ruling party or handed over to some "preferred NGOs".

"Daal me kuch kala hai" (There is something fishy about this), he charged.

Targeting the prime minister, whom he described as a reputed economist, Mr.Modi alleged it was intriguing that the Harshad Mehta stock scam had happened when Singh was the Finance Minister in the Narsimha Rao government.

"Today, when he is Prime Minister, the 'Satyam' fiasco has surfaced. Why such things are happening when he is at the helm? Is it the result of his economic policies or something else," Mr.Modi asked addressing a large gathering.

The BJP leader also accused Singh of backtracking on the building of national road network infrastructure that was started by Atal Bihari Vajpayee during NDA rule.

In a scathing attack on Congress-led UPA, Mr.Modi alleged it had failed to deliver on all fronts including "security and development" and with the revoking of POTA, had compromised on the fight against terrorism.

"POTA revocation led to celebrations in Pakistan and agony in Hindustan," he claimed.

He said Congress was practising votebank politics.

On Mumbai terror attacks, Mr.Modi alleged it was a pity that ministers were making trips to complain to the US about it and exhibiting dossier containing television clips and reports.

"Terrorism should be retaliated in the same manner. Instead of the US, India should have entered Pakistan to give a befitting reply," he claimed.

Mr.Modi said the presence of Taliban in Karachi posed direct threat to Mumbai. He also blamed the Congress government for the Naxalite menace. He charged the failure of India's foreign policy led to the rise of Maoists in Nepal.

Mr.Modi charged that the UPA could not contain spiralling prices and unemployment and appealed to the people to vote BJP to power to shape the country's destiny under the leadership of L K Advani.

At the outset, Mr.Modi who is in charge of BJP affairs in Maharashtra, congratulated the Shiv Sena and BJP leaders for keeping the "yuti" (saffron alliance) intact to fight the elections unitedly. "I am happy that Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's health has stabilised and we have his blessings," he added.

Those who addressed the gathering included BJP leaders Gopinath Munde and Nitin Gadkari.

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