"Any political party contests a certain election on specific issues or the development issue but the BJP is contesting the general elections only to make Narendra Modi the Prime Minister and this is sign of impatience," Pawar said while addressing a public meeting last evening at Ghoti near Nashik.

Taking potshots at Modi, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief said most of the communal riots in the country took place in Gujarat.

"When a people's representative was set on fire at a short distance, Modi did not show the courtesy to meet his family members to offer them condolences," he said in an apparent reference to 2002 post-Godhra riots victim and former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri.

Pawar said the Lok Sabha elections is important for the nation, adding that Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh enhanced the level of development in the last 10 years.

"...in my tenure as agriculture minister, we reached to the root of the cause to prevent farmers' suicides in Maharashtra and we have waived loans of the farmers," he said.

"Our paddy and cotton have reached international market. Our UPA government has introduced the Food Security Bill so that no one would starve," he added.

He said the GDP of Gujarat, which was 17 percent during the Congress rule in the state, has now come down to 8 percent.

NCP sitting MP from Nashik, Sameer Bhujbal, and senior Congress leader Vinayakdada Patil were present on the occasion.

(JPN/Agencies)

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