New Delhi : Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal on Tuesday cited the laws of nature and said that he believed the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s bubble would burst prior to the 2014 General Elections.
He added that it was worrisome that a candidate like the Gujarat Chief Minister is aspiring to occupy the top office of the country.
He further accused Modi of bombarding the cyberspace with misinformation. “If you employ an army, have money, bombard cyberspace with misinformation, innocent people tend to buy it. The system has been manipulated in Gujarat by the Chief Minister.”
Continuing his onslaught on Modi, Sibal said he believed that the Gujarat Chief Minister had tweaked the system in his state to suit his own fancies.
“I think that the system has been manipulated in Gujarat by the Chief Minister and the fact the he has not allowed a Lokayukta to be appointed for almost 11 years is indicative of the mindset of a person who aspires to be something in India. And that worries me, that worries me not as a minister, but it worries me as a citizen of this country,” he said.
Sibal also hit out at Modi for selling the Gujarat model of growth. The Law Minister said, “The statements made by this gentlemen are far from truth. What is the Gujarat model of growth? You cannot sell a product that you don’t have. Every claim made by him is far from truth. I see him just as another contender.”
Elaborating on his theme, Sibal further said, ‘‘When I look at Gujarat, the social indexes are perhaps worse than many other parts of the country. He tom-toms that every home has electricity in Gujarat. But this itself is a false claim. The first state in India to achieve that was Punjab. And he is No. 14 in the all-India list on energy supply.’’
Recently Finanace Minister P Chidambaram had also said the hype surrounding Modi was “largely media created”, and his claims on growth during the NDA regime were a “fake encounter of facts”.