He also charged Congress with using the country's youth as only voters while maintaining that his party considered younger people as power.

"For Congress, the youth are just voters but for us they are power. Our priority is to empower the youth to make India strong. This is our dream," he told a rally here.

Modi said with more than 65 percent of the country's population below the age of 35, BJP wanted them to contribute to India's development which will also help in global growth.

"The people in power in Delhi are sitting in ivory towers. They are indoor players but we are outdoor players who have a connect with the people," the Gujarat Chief Minister said.

He also accused the Centre of failure to provide jobs to the youth, saying while the UPA government's budget for skill development was Rs 1000 crore, a small state like Gujarat has allocated Rs 800 crore for it.

Alleging that Congress and UPA government played vote bank politics, he said after coming to power in 2004, the Central government had overturned POTA thereby allowing terrorists and Naxals to go "scot-free".

Lauding Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government for setting up the IT Ministry, he recalled that it was under the NDA government that the Moon mission was conceptualized which ultimately laid the groundwork for the Mars probe.

He opened his speech by congratulating Sachin Tendulkar and Prof CNR Rao on being honoured with the Bharat Ratna.


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