"It shows the scant respect the national leaders of BJP have for national issues. NIC is a 147-member high-powered committee in the country. (Someone who wants to be) future leader does not find time for the meeting", party spokesman PC Chacko said.

Chacko said, “The absence of some BJP Chief Ministers, including Modi, was most unfortunate and showed their utter disrespect to national issues.”

Replying to another question, Chacko said that there cannot be a comparison between Modi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. He claimed while Modi was imposing himself on his party and the nation, the case was different with Gandhi who is liked by people.

When told that Modi has expressed readiness for an open debate with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chacko said party General Secretary Digvijay Singh has challenged the Gujarat Chief Minister to a debate and "let him accept that".


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