Kolkata: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi while addressing Bengal industry on Tuesday pitched for 5F formula for the industrial growth. The 5F formula - farm to fibre, fibre to fabric, fabric to fashion and fashion to foreign.

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Attacking the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said it was at a standstill and no development work was taking place in the country.

Addressing the business community from Bengal here, Modi said the central government is discriminating between UPA and non-UPA ruled states. "The UPA government in Delhi has been sitting on all development projects and no development work is on for the last two years. The central machinery is at a standstill," said Modi.
Emphasising that West Bengal is also being discriminated against like Gujarat, Modi said: "The government is discriminating between UPA and non-UPA ruled states. It is time states raise their voice against discrimination by the central government.".

Modi extends olive hand to Bengal

Addressing the gathering, Modi praised Bengal and expressed his willingness to take back some good memories from Bengal. “I feel that this team will create the right environment for my speech in Kolkata. I feel I can learn a lot from Kolkata and take those things back to Gujarat,” Modi said while speaking at the jam-packed hall.

The Gujarat strongman went on to add: “To move ahead, you have to reach back a little, learn from your past. Bengal's development will lead to the development of Eastern and Northeastern India.”

However, the Gujarat CM did not forget to mention the problems being faced by Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee. Modi blamed the 32-year long governance of Left party for the poor state of the Bengal, as he said, “Left government created potholes in West Bengal for 32 years, it will take time to fill them.”

Modi, widely seen as the Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP in the next general elections, appeared to be reaching out to Trinamool Congress which can be a prospective NDA ally after it walked out of the UPA government.
   
"I believe efforts are being made to fill these potholes and I am confident that the dreams of the people will be fulfilled," Modi said.
    
BJP needs more allies to strengthen NDA and TMC is said to be on its radar especially after it broke off from the Congress-led UPA. But with Muslims forming a sizable 24 per cent of the West Bengal population, Banerjee is reportedly apprehensive about a tie-up with BJP, more so if Modi, who has the image of a Hindu hardliner, is the party's face in the Lok Sabha polls.

Modi on prime ministership

Narendra Modi side-stepped questions on his Prime Ministerial ambitions, saying he is an "apolitical person". "I am not a politician," he said, when asked by a questioner at a programme about the desire of politicians to aim for the top political post and what was his attitude about it.

"A politician may have (the desire to become Prime Minister) but I am not a politician. I am an apolitical person," he said to a round of applause from the gathering of businessmen at the Merchants Chamber of Commerce . Modi is widely perceived to be BJP's Prime Ministerial face in the next Lok Sabha elections.

Modi evades questions on PM ambitions

Modi's visit, however, has already generated a controversy with the state BJP accusing the Banerjee administration of refusing to make the metropolis' landmark Netaji Indoor Stadium available for the party's high-profile leader's giant civic reception on April 9.

The party has now settled for the much smaller "Mahajati Sadan" where the 62-year-old Modi will address BJP leaders and workers."When we asked for the Netaji Indoor stadium in mid-March, we were told it is available. But at the last minute we were informed that it has been booked by a business group," state BJP secretary Ritesh Tewari said.

Later in the day,  Modi, widely touted as the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, will speak at a special session of businessmen on how he transformed Gujarat into one of the fastest growing states in India. The special session will be organised jointly by MCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Indian Chamber of Commerce and Bharat Chamber of Commerce at a plush five-star hotel of the city.

(JPN/Agencies)

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