Modi welcomes Amin, accuses Congress of practicing family-oriented politics
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday lashed out at the Congress Party and urged the people to bring to an end 'dynastic politics' to strengthen the democratic structure of the country, while welcoming the dissident senior Congress leader Narhari Amin to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Former Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat, Amin has quit the Congress party in wake of being denied a ticket for the upcoming assembly polls in the state.
Addressing a gathering here, Modi said: "To strengthen the roots of democracy, it is important to end the family-oriented politics of the Congress Party."
"You all should notice the political approach of the Congress Party in these elections. It not only betrayed the common man but also its own party members. In democracy there are all sorts of decisions and political parties commit mistakes, even I commit mistakes, but no political party should backstab its own leaders," said Modi.
Meanwhile, Amin urged the people of the state to pave the way for Modi's victory in the 2014 national elections.
"I promise to Modi that we will work with you and ensure that you win the elections. There is no doubt that Narendra Modi will win the elections. I also urge the voters to concentrate on the 2014 general elections and choose Modi," said Amin.
Amin's request to be allowed to contest assembly polls from the Gandhinagar South constituency in the state was turned down by the Congress leadership after he lost the assembly elections in the past.
Amin had earlier said he was upset with the party's decision of not giving him ticket, but made it clear that he did not wish to contest elections at all.
Gujarat will go to the polls in two phases on December 13 and 17. The counting of votes will take place on December 20.