Chief minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter on Tuesday evening criticising the PM for allegedly refusing to give time to him to discuss the state’s key issues. This was shortly after the PM left for New Delhi after inaugurating the Sardar Patel National Museum in the city.
“We sought time from PM to discuss crucial issues of Gujarat, including Narmada Dam height, farmer issues & floods, but our request was denied,” Modi wrote on the micro-blogging site.
“Unfortunately, PM refused to give time to discuss Gujarat’s key issues but preferred to visit Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, the State Congress office,” Modi wrote in another tweet.
State government spokesperson Nitin Patel said that they had sought some time from Manmohan Singh as soon as his visit was confirmed, but the request was turned down.
“The PM found time to visit the Congress office just a day before his visit, but didn’t spare any time for the government. This is an insult of the people of Gujarat, and is another sign of the Centre’s step-motherly treatment towards Gujarat,” said Patel, echoing his boss’ comment.
The minister also alleged that protocol was not followed in asking chief minister Narendra Modi to speak before Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Memorial Society’s chairman Dinsha Patel at the inauguration of Sardar Patel Museum.
“Dinsha Patel’s address should have been before the CM as per the protocol, but this was not followed,” he alleged.