Ahmedabad: Praising Chief Minister Narendra Modi for Gujarat's development, senior BJP leader L K Advani on Saturday said if the whole country adopted a policy of "zero tolerance" towards terrorism and corruption like him, India would rise to new heights at the global level.

"In Gujarat, there is good administration and there is zero tolerance towards corruption and terrorism. If this policy is adopted across the country, then India would rise to new heights," Advani said at Modi's three-day fast for 'peace, unity and communal harmony'.

Crediting Modi for taking the state to new heights of development, he said, "Whatever he (Modi) has said about the rise of six crore Gujaratis, he is telling you the right thing. No other province could manage a growth rate of 11 percent like Gujarat."

Commenting on Modi's speech at his fast venue, BJP leader Arun Jaitley said, "In the next few months, each and every word of what Modi has said would be analysed."

He said on the one hand, Gujarat has a government which is taking the state to "new heights" and on the other hand, you have a "worrisome situation" over the atmosphere of "corruption and despair" at the central level.

"On one side, we have a leaderless government at the Centre whereas on the other, we have a government in Gujarat, which is helping the state to reach new heights... On one side, we have politics of honesty and on the other side, we have politics of corruption," Jaitley claimed.

Terming Modi's fast as "historical", Jaitley said that from 2002, after facing cyclones, earthquakes and communal riots, the way Gujarat has come up on the national scene, it showcased the strength of the political leadership in the state.

Accusing the Centre of weakening the federal structure, Jaitley said during the meeting of the National Integration Council (NIC) last week, all the states had said that the federal structure of the country was being weakened.

Gadkari wishes Modi on birthday

BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Saturday wished Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday and hoped his three-day fast for "peace, unity and harmony" in the state would be a big success.
   
In a letter to Modi, Gadkari congratulated and wished him for his ‘Sadbhavana Mission’ after the ‘important verdict’ by the Supreme Court in the Gulbarga Society riots case.
   
"Due to the Supreme Court verdict you have successfully passed the test by fire. This decision underlines the fact that truth always triumphs. I have no doubt that in the wake of this all forces propagating falsehood and untruths will be defeated," Gadkari said.
   
Interestingly, this is the first time that Gadkari has spoken on the Supreme Court verdict which came on September 12. He underwent a bariatric operation on the same day and has been recuperating in Mumbai since then.
   
"My heartfelt good wishes and all success to your Sadbhavana Mission and the fast that you have undertaken for harmony," Gadkari said in his letter to Modi.
   
The BJP central leaders, including L K Advani, Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Shahnawaz Hussain, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Vijay Goel among others, are in Ahmedabad to attend Modi's fast.
   
Karnataka Chief Minister Sadanand Gowda is also likely to visit the fast.

(Agencies)