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'I am just a watchman who guards the resources of Gujarat’

January 21, 2008
After having spoken at length about Modi, Gujarat and the mechanics of Modi’s win, he turned the guns on the central government.

“Four years ago, you sent this United Progressive Alliance government to power. What have they done in four years? I have a request for the intelligentsia of our country. I want you to go to any corner or intersection and ask 10 people to list at least five achievements of this government. It will be difficult to get even one person out of ten to mention even a single achievement.

“Only the common man has a right over the government’s resources. In that sense, I am not the chief minister of Gujarat. I am just a watchman who guards the resources of Gujarat so that it can benefit the common man.

“Now, if a mere chief minister of a small state thinks on these lines, how lofty must a prime minister think of the resources of a whole nation. But here we have our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying that Indian Muslims should be given preference while distributing the country’s resources. They will soon get down to communal budgeting, I think,” he said.

Saying that the Congress hasn’t learnt anything even after being out of power for 15 years, he urged the crowd: “Don’t have any hopes of them changing. They have become a burden on the nation. Remove them from power quickly.”

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