India needs Patel's secularism, not votebank secularism: Modi KEVADIA, NARMADA: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hit back at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying Sardar Patel belonged to the whole nation and not a particular party and that he favoured Patel's secularism and not "votebank secularism" practiced by some parties. Modi also attacked the Prime Minister on the issue of installing a gate on the Sardar Sarovar Dam which has been pending for a long time. He alleged that Gujarat is being discriminated against by the Centre for political reasons. Taking on the Prime Minister for his comments on October 29 that he was proud Patel belonged to his party, Modi said, "Rana Pratap, Chhatrapati Shivaji, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru are highly respected. Were they BJP members? Will only those who belong to the BJP be given respect and honour? Country is greater than the party and those who sacrifice themselves for the country are greater." He emphasised that nobody, not even him, can deny that Patel belonged to a party but his stature was such that he is respected by all. "We should not divide our legacy," Modi said. BJP's prime ministerial candidate, who was speaking at the inauguration of a project to build the tallest statue of Sardar Patel here, also attacked Singh and the Congress on the issue of secularism. "I would really like to honour the Prime Minister for saying that Patel was truly secular. We also say that Patel was truly secular. The country needs Patel's secularism and not votebank secularism. He was secular yet his secularism did not come in the way of building the Somnath Temple. Mr Prime Minister, the country needs secularism that does not divide the country but unites it," Modi said. The BJP leader alleged that despite repeated requests to the Prime Minister, the gates on Sardar Sarovar Dam have not been constructed. Indicating that this was due to politics and discrimination against Gujarat, Modi said the Centre and the Congress can take all the credit for it but should build the gate without any further delay. The ceremony was held near Sadhubet at Kevadia colony, close to the main Sardar Sarvoar dam. LK Advani, a former deputy prime minister, was the chief guest at the function. The statue, when finished, will have a height of 182 metres and will be the world's tallest structure of its kind. India needs Patel's secularism, not votebank secularism: Modi - The Times of India ****************************************** Given the barrage against Modi from the time of the Gujarat riots, one cannot say that he is not affected by the same. And yet, till now, with all attempted to bell the cat, not proving fruitful, one cannot say for sure he was behind the riots, for after all, if those who have been virulently anti Modi with their campaign and court cases failing, and the Union Govt failing to beard the tiger in his den, one wonders how much is propaganda and how much is the truth. The fact that BJP has won hands down in Muslim majority areas where the Congress held the sway over years without any break, adds to the confusion in the mind. If the Muslims of Gujarat, who were at the wrong end of the stick, have found Modi acceptable, then who is one to find him otherwise, And now, Modi has steered clear of the RSS and VHP ideological iconic verbiage! And he is talking Turkey - development - a feature abandoned by the UPA. His otherwise untarnished image of being clean while India is riddled with scamsters at all levels, to include the highest, is another plus point for him! In such a scenario, the voters of India is faced with the proverbial Hobson's choice. Should Indian voters vote for the scamsters and those beyond capability to quit rejoicing the static moribund matrix beleaguering India, or should they vote for the dark horse, who has proved himself somewhat in his State and hopefully deliver us from this dismal present. The issue is a question of the stomach and opportunities being made available to feed that stomach. The current dispensation has failed all! So, what is the choice? There are a vast majority who has tired of this 'secular' politics since it is a fraud as those who are to benefit have not benefited except from crumbs as sops. In fact, it has only driven deeper the divide. It is time to think India and forget our differences. We have a Nation's integrity and our family's happiness and feeding their stomach to worry about, irrespective of religion, community or caste et al, than concerning ourselves about fraudulent and mischievous cosmetic sops that are supposed to bring social and economic equality of all who are claimed to have been left out of the national pie!