enemies of the nation have today stained
with blood the soil of Mahatma Gandhi's
Gujarat. Terrorists have continued their
war against India," Modi said after
a late night meeting with top police officials.
said there were a total of 16 coordinated
blasts in Ahemdabad, killing 29 people and
injuring 88. "Killing innocent people
is not only a crime but is a form of enmity
with the humanity. All those who believe
in humanity should prepare themselves for
a long war - while maintaining peace,"
have spoken to the prime minister (Manmohan
Singh) and the home minister (Shivraj Patil).
There is a similar pattern in all recent
terrorst attacks (in the country). There
must be a mastermind operating behind them
all," he added.
rouser Modi mellows down?
Ahmedabad, July 28, 2008 (IANS)
for his fiery speeches and aggressive posturing,
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has
surprised even his detractors with his unusual
restraint following the serial blasts that
killed 50 people here. It was a very different
Modi who emerged after a late Saturday night
meeting with top police officers soon after
the city was ripped apart by 21 synchronised
his critics would have expected him to blame
the blasts on the Congress-led government's
alleged soft stance on terrorism and enemies
from across the border, the Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) chief minister appeared stoic.
Speaking in measured tones, he appealed
for calm and asked people to cooperate with
the investigation. Addressing waiting journalists,
Modi termed the blasts as an attack on the
nation and a conspiracy against "Mahatma
Gandhi's land" and urged people to
answer terrorists by only quickening the
pace of economic progress.
posture was in stark contrast with what
he had said only 24 hours earlier at a public
rally in Jetpur near Rajkot. He had come
down heavily on the United Progressive Alliance
(UPA) government for the controversy over
land transfer to the Amarnath shrine in
Jammu and Kashmir. He even said that the
government's alleged mishandling of the
land transfer issue was responsible for
the absence of rains in the state as "god
was so upset about it".
watchers are surprised and are asking if
this represented an image makeover.
said Gaurang Jani, a noted Ahmedabad-based
countenance and actions are part of the
BJP's strategy for the forthcoming parliamentary
polls. "The focus of the party according
to this strategy will be on progress and
development, since after the (India-US)
nuclear deal issue the party has been marginalized.
In this situation, harbouring on hardline
Hindutva is not going to help.
Modi is used to such switchovers. The current
posture of being calm and focusing on development
is transitory. You will see Modi swinging
back to what he really is in about two weeks,"
Modhwadia of the Congress, a former leader
of the opposition in the assembly, said
Modi appeared calm because he had been left
dumbfounded by the perpetrators of blasts.
"Modi had challenged troublemakers
of dire consequences if they tried to enter
Gujarat and carry out their plans. They
have answered his challenge. What can he
say now?" Modhwadia asked.
national spokesperson Prakash Javadekar
told IANS: I think those who have
a wrong perception of him and those who
have been jaundiced about him will now rectify