Gandhinagar: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday advised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to follow the state government's development model to improve the management of the country.

Referring to Gujarat Congress' aggressive 'disha badlo, dasha badlo' (change direction to change condition) campaign, Modi said, "Lots of advertisements are coming up, spreading a campaign by a few who want to change the disha and dasha of Gujarat".

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"Gujarat has progressed at a very rapid pace and the Prime Minister should take up the 'disha' of Gujarat to change the 'dasha' of the country," Modi said.

On Sunday, Modi had slammed the Congress for what he called the country's mismanagement.

Modi was speaking at a school girls' chess competition organised by the Sports Authority of Gujarat, Gujarat Chess Association and NIIT, where a new record was created as more than 3,950 women chess players from all over the state participated for the game under one roof. Out of those who participated in the event, 148 were visually-impaired.

"People have been advising me that I should be holding election meeting instead of such chess competitions, when elections are three to four months away. But I think of the development of Gujarat and that is the reason I believe in organising such events," Modi said.

"Chess develops minds, instills patience and removes stress. We have decided that more and more girls should play this game," Modi said.

BJP veteran leader L K Advani, who skipped Parliament session for the function, said, "Though Parliament is going on, I have decided to attend the chess function organised by the Gujarat government".

"I would like to tell you that the scene where more than 3,950 women are participating in the chess game under one roof is very great and all its credit should go to Chief Minister Narendra Modi," Advani said.

Five-time World champion Vishwanathan Anand, who was also present at the function, said he would give all his support to Gujarat government as it was determined to promote chess in the state.


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