Bhachau, Nov 20: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that votebank politics was independent india's misfortune.
After a day-long fast in course of his Sadhbhavna Mission in this town of Kutch district, Modi targeted Congress by saying that the ruling party was pursuing votebank politics and was only catering to some sections of society and ignoring others.
“It is the misfortune of the country that after independence the poison of casteism and communalism has become corner stone of our politics. Those leaders and parties who are fanning division in the name of casteism and communalism have remained at the helm of affairs,” Modi said addressing the gathering after the fast.
“Some political parties just cater to the sections which they perceive to be their vote bank and ignore others,” Modi said, without naming the Congress party.
“But, Gujarat has challenged this vote bank politics in a unique way by Sadbhavna Mission. We have shown a way for change by giving a slogan ‘development for all, appeasement for none',” Modi stated.
“We have made the country realise that casteism, communalism, regionalism can secure a chair (power) for few but if the state and the country want to progress they have to follow developmental politics,” the chief minister said.
“For the last 10 years Gujarat has rejected vote bank politics and adopted developmental politics. It is due to peace in the state that it has progressed. If other states are to progress, they have to adopt this route”, Modi observed.
Modi claimed that his Sadhbhavna Mission has disturbed the sleep of his opponents.
This was Modi's sixth fast after he launched Sadbhavna Mission in Ahmedabad on September 17 by holding a three-day fast. He has subsequently observed one-day fasts in Dwarka, Navsari Patan and Bodeli.
Congress leaders from these places had also organised a parallel fast against Modi alleging widespread corruption in the state administration.