BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who has often accused the UPA government of giving step-motherly treatment to Gujarat, on Wednesday said his party would treat all the states alike when it comes to power in the Centre.
"When the government is formed, it does not belong to any party. The government belongs to the country. All citizens have a right over the government. Even if BJP government is formed in Delhi, those who are not BJP-ruled states, they would have the same right over the government in Delhi as BJP-ruled states," he said.
He was replying to a query from a college student from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh during his 'Chai pe Charcha' with NaMo (a discussion over tea with Modi) campaign this evening. He interacted with people from different locations in the country during the programme via video conference from Ahmedabad. "If you look at Atal Bihari Vajpayee's tenure, non-BJP states never had to complain about the government in Delhi.
Because, we feel our federal structure and its spirit should be followed in letter and spirit. "My clear view is that government should work for those who vote, who do not vote and who vote against it. Country does not run on the basis of which party is in power. Country runs for the 115 crores citizens," he said. "The BJP government that is going to be formed in Delhi" would treat all states and all citizens alike in the interest of their welfare, he said.
The organisers of the campaign had also made arrangements at a tea stall near Osmania University here for Modi's interaction, but it could not happen due to technical problems. Vinod Nayak (35), a tea vendor from Karnataka who has made Hyderabad his home was supposed to take part in the interaction from here.