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Manish Tewari likens Narendra Modi to a ‘dictator’?

Sunday, 13 January 2013 - 12:12am IST Updated: Sunday, 13 January 2013 - 12:14am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Criticising the recently held Vibrant Gujarat summit, Union minister for information and broadcasting Manish Tewari indirectly compared him to a 'dictator'.

After terms like maut ka saudagar et al, Gujarat chief minister has earned a new monicker. Criticising the recently held Vibrant Gujarat summit, Union minister for information and broadcasting Manish Tewari indirectly compared him to a “dictator”.

Speaking to media persons in Mumbai on Saturday, Tewari said in the 1930s, the industrialists had a similar fascination for “a man at the helm of affairs in a country” and the “ill effects of that the world had to bear”. Tewari was referring to the praise heaped by industrialists on Modi in the Vibrant Gujarat summit.

Referring to the summit, Tewari said “There is a difference between fact and fantasy, if there is vibrancy in the right spirit, that is in Maharashtra. The state attracts maximum FDI in the country and is much ahead of other states. Even Tamil Nadu and Karnataka attract more FDI than Gujarat. They (Gujarat) are just patting themselves on their back.”

On the statement by Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna asking women to avoid work after 6 pm, Tewari said, “I do not know what statement he has made, but in 21st century, women and men are on equal terms.

They are equal when it comes to taking advantage of economic progress. Women has all the rights and they should be provided full safety.”

On the killing of Indian soldiers, Tewari said that the Centre had taken the matter on the  border very seriously and has taken all steps to express the country’s anger.
“We have told them it violates the Geneva convention,” Tewari said.

Further, Manish Tewari, referring to the campaign in favour of Modi before in 2009 elections, said that the results were there for all to see.


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