Vapi (Gujarat): Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said Congress has become synonymous with corruption and warned the party of a bleak future, noting that every time people have risen against graft, governments have fallen.

"Every time a voice against corruption is raised, be it Anna Hazare's, yog guru Ramdev's or Advaniji's, the Congress's face comes to the fore. I know the result of this campaign. The party in power at the Centre will have to go. Every time people have stood up against graft, governments have fallen," Modi said addressing a rally here along with L K Advani.

He drew home his point by referring to the Chiman Bhai Patel government in Gujarat which fell allegedly following attempts to buy over a Jan Sangh corporator in 1974 to win municipal corporation elections.

"On corruption, the governments of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi also had to fall," he said in a warning to the Congress ahead of assembly elections in five states including Gujarat next year. Modi went on to accuse the Congress of trying to deflect the nation's attention from corruption by linking every anti-graft voice to the RSS.

He was speaking in the light of Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh's remarks that the RSS was behind the campaign of Ramdev and Anna and most recently Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

"It has become a fashion with the Congress to tag anybody raising a voice against corruption with the RSS.

Speaking at the rally as Advani's Jan Chetna Yatra entered Gujarat on Sunday, Modi said, "If you see the history of the nation, you will find that corruption has been continuing since the times of Pandit Nehru.

"But people were unable to raise their voice against corruption and a voice was then raised in Gujarat leading to the fall of the Congress government of Chiman Bhai Patel in the state in 1974," he said.

Asking everyone to wage a war against corruption, the firebrand BJP leader said it should not be left to the BJP alone to stand up against graft.

"Everyone should raise their voice against corruption. The Congress says it has coalition compulsions. But it has only one compulsion -- its own," Modi said, accusing the Congress of making scapegoats of its coalition partners.

Talking about Gujarat, the CM said it exemplifies that governments could be run without corruption and development could be achieved without corruption.

Later addressing another rally on Valsad on way to Surat, Modi said, "You remember Congress while talking about corruption and you remember Gujarat while talking about development in the country."

Tax evaders ‘thief company’: Modi

Narendra Modi called tax evaders as "thief company" and dared the ruling Congress to bring back blackmoney stashed abroad if it really had the will to do so. Modi said it seemed the Congress was not interested in recovering illegal wealth and wondered what held it back.

"Advani Ji is only seeking repatriation of blackmoney, but only the Congress is getting the current. Why does the Congress not want to bring back black money? Is it because it belongs to them," he asked.

In a dig at AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh for his comments on blackmoney and other issues, Modi said it would be better if those in the habit of giving statements all day came out and pledged support to the cause of bringing nation's wealth back.

Doubting that people in Congress had the guts to say they would bring back blackmoney, Modi said, "If they have the courage, let the Congress leaders come out and commit this."

"Those who don't want to bring back this illegal wealth are the people to whom this wealth belongs," the Gujarat CM said, stepping up his attack against Congress which has not disclosed the names of people who hold bank accounts abroad.

The BJP has formally asked the Government to declare the names of these account holders but it is yet to be done.

Modi described blackmoney owners as "thief company" and called upon the Government to expose them.

"Yeh jo chor company hai, inko nanga karna chahiye (this band of thieves should be exposed)," Modi said.

Modi welcomes Advani


After the recent reported cold war between the two, Narendra Modi on Sunday welcomed L K Advani who arrived here on his anti-corruption yatra.

Modi, considered a prime ministerial candidate and who was reportedly upset over Advani being also in the run for it, got into the bus and garlanded him while receiving him in the state.

However, observers said the cold vibes between them may not be completely over because Modi did not take the throne-like seat next to Advani and sat two chairs away from him. Both were also not seen exchanging words.

Advani returned the Chief Minister's compliments lauding him for "good governance" and making the state "corruption-free". He said that he was overwhelmed by the reception he received in the state.

"Gujarat is the only state in the country, where there is good governance and 'swaraj'. This has been possible under the able leadership of Narendra Modi," he said.

JPN/Agencies