"There was a time when Indian rupee was making lots of noise. But today, it has lost its voice. And similarly, we are unable to hear the voice of our Prime Minister. Both have turned mute," he said at Rajkot.
     
The Chief Minister was speaking at a function organized to felicitate him for creation of Morbi as a separate district carved out of Rajkot. Modi, on August 15, had announced the formation of seven new districts.
     
The BJP Election Campaign Committee Chief, during his Independence Day speech had also attacked Manmohan Singh on various issues, including the falling rupee and stand-offs with Pakistan and China.
     
Expressing serious concern over the continuous fall in the value of rupee, Modi said, "Today our currency is on deathbed. It is in terminal stage and urgently needs attention of a doctor."
     
Training guns at the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, he said "At the time of coming to power, this government had promised to reduce inflation within 100 days, but that has eluded the country."
     
"At present, both rupee and UPA Government have lost their value. Time has come to stop our country from destruction. The central government is misguiding the country. People need to know why our country is heading towards destruction."
     
At the function, Modi was weighed in silver and around 80 kg of the white metal was presented to him by representatives of ceramic industry of Morbi.
     
Modi announced that proceeds from the donated silver will be used for building the proposed 'Statue of Unity' monument of Sardar Patel on Narmada river.
     
In his almost hour-long address, Modi singled out the Congress, which is out of power in the state since mid-1990s. "The party should ponder why people are not allowing it to enter Gujarat."

(JPN/Agencies)

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