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Narendra Modi's VIP followers' list grows with addition of Infosys' founder Narayana Murthy
The Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi has added Infosys Group's founder and chairman emeritus NR Narayana Murthy in his list of VIP admirers. Murthy while acknowledging the good governance of the Modi has called him 'the finest administrator'.

The founder of one of the biggest IT majors in India, Naryana Murthy showered praises on Modi and said that the state of Gujarat had done extremely well under his leadership as reflected by its growth indices. Murthy who was in Vadodara to receive the first Sayaji Ratna Award of the Baroda Management Association was highly impressed with the quality of roads, power situation and other essential infrastructure in Gujarat.

He said that the visible quality infrastructural development in the state is enough to establish its reputation as an effectively administered state. "Narendra Modi has been acknowledge as the finest administrator in the country, there is no doubt about it. It is clear just from the data on the ground that this state has done extremely well. I do not know how it is in certain human development indices like nutrition, healthcare, etc. So I am not in a position to comment on that. But having looked at cities like Ahmedabad and Vadodara, I must say he (Modi) has done well," said Murthy, reported The Indian Express.

Narendra Modi who lauds his development model on every public platform must have certainly got a shot in his arm from this publicly made statement by none other than Mr. Murthy. Talking to the media after receiving the award Murthy said that states should embrace good things from each other. Giving few examples he said that Gujarat has developed wonderful ideas, Karnataka has done well in IT and Tamil Nadu in automobile sector.

With a growing echo in the country for Modi as the next PM of the country, this is not the first time Modi's administrative skills have been appreciated. Almolst during the same time when Narayan Murthy was appreciating Modi, the tourism minister in Jammu and Kashmir, who belongs to the Congress, asked the chief minister Omar Abdullah to develop tourism in the state on the lines of Gujarat.

The minister Ghulam Ahmad Mir while praising the tourism policy of the Gujarat said that the Modi had planned tourism development in such a way where he "dovetails investors coming to Gujarat with massive infrastructure development", reported the Hindustan Times website.

How effective is Narendra Modi's charm became evident from the fact that soon after the third consecutive victory of Modi in the Gujarat assembly elections, the envoys of a few European countries while ending their unofficial and unannounced ten year boycott of Modi, met him in the national capital and discussed the ways of enhancing ties with the western Indian state.

After that in April this year Swiss and Candian ambassadors who were highly impressed from the industrial capabilities of the Gujarat under the leadership of Modi, met the chief minister and explored the business opportunities with the state. An official statement by the state government had said that during the detailed discussions the Swiss envoy Linus Von Castelmur explored the possibilities of partnership with Gujarat in areas of skill development, milk and agro processing, tourism, diamond and jewellery studded watch industry, urban planning and management.

The Canadian High Commissioner Stewart Beck, who also had a meeting with Modi in April, too explored the ways of strengthening ties with Gujarat. Notably, the Canada was also the partner country at the 'Vibrant Gujarat Summit-2013' that was held in January 2013.

The visits of the Swiss and Canadian envoys were followed by the Ambassador of Georgia Kachkachishvili Zurab, who while addressing a business seminar organized the industry body CII in Gujarat had praised Modi's government for attracting numerous investments. He said that the Gujarat had developed "dynamically" in the last decade. And while acknowledging the exporting power of the Gujarat, he expressed hopes that the state will invest in Georgia.

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Naim Naqvi
1 JUNE 2002 The then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee reminded Narendra Modi in a letter to follow “raj dharma”. Vajpayee observed that there was “gross under-assessment of damages” to riot victims. 2 SEPTEMBER 2003 Hearing the infamous Best Bakery case, in which 14 people were burnt, the then Chief Justice VN Khare remarked, “I have no faith left in the prosecution and the Gujarat government. You have to protect people and punish the guilty. What else is raj dharma?” 3 APRIL 2004 In a damning observation on the Modi government, Justice (retd) Arijit Pasayat remarked: “The modern-day Neros were looking elsewhere when innocent children and helpless women were being burnt and were probably deliberating how the perpetrators can be saved.” 4 FEBRUARY 2006 On orders of the SC, the Gujarat HC reopened 1,594 post-Godhra riot cases and action was initiated against 41 police officers. By June 2006, over 2,000 cases were reopened. 5 OCTOBER 2007 A six-month-long investigation by TEHELKA exposed Modi’s complicity in the riots. Several rioters, senior Sangh Parivar functionaries and the state government’s special prosecutor were caught on camera revealing in detail the role played by Modi in the carnage. 6 MAY 2010 The SIT submitted a report finding Modi guilty on many counts: a communal mindset, inflammatory speeches, destruction of crucial records, appointment of Sangh Parivar members as public prosecutors, illegal positioning of ministers in police control rooms during the riots, and persecution of neutral officers. 7 JULY 2011 Amicus Curiae Raju Ramachandran recommended that Modi should be prosecuted under Sections 153A, 153B, 166 and 505 of the Indian Penal Code. 8 SEPTEMBER 2011 The SC ordered that the complaints of late Congress MP Ehsan Jafri’s wife Zakia and Citizens for Justice and Peace against Modi would be heard by a magistrate in Gujarat. 9 JANUARY 2012 Justice VM Sahai of the Gujarat HC upheld the appointment of the Lokayukta by Governor Kamala Beniwal against Modi’s wishes. Justice Sahai’s order read: “The pranks of the chief minister demonstrate the deconstruction of our democracy.” 10 FEBRUARY 2012 The Gujarat HC remarked, “The fact that the riots continued for several days itself suggests lack of appropriate action or adequate action, if not inaction, on the part of the state in handling the situation.”
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