Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Zadafia takes on Modi Govt, says growth story is grim

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's arch-rival Gordhan Zadafia on Wednesday contested the State Government's 'growth story' claiming actual investment in the State was less than five per cent of the target fixed at Vibrant Gujarat Summits.
The former BJP leader who floated his own outfit in 2008 claimed as against proposed investment of over Rs 39.60 lakh crore through 17701 MOUs during the summits between 2003 and 2001, a meager Rs 1.85 lakh crore was actually invested till November last year.
Quoting information retrieved through RTI and other Government documents, Zadafia claimed only 2.98 lakh people could get jobs through these investments against proposed employment of over 1.01 crore. He claimed Gujarat's debt has increased by Rs 1 lakh crore under Modi's regime and the number of primary school students has even declined by over one lakh during the same period.
“Modi has created a myth of development, while the fact is that Gujarat has gone down to fifth position in terms of Gross Domestic State Product figures. The state has lagged behind in Human Development Index to the 10th position, and stands at sixth position in per capita income,” Zadafia said.
Zadafia was MoS for Home in the Modi government during Gujarat riots but declined to join his cabinet after the BJP returned to power in 2002. He walked out of the BJP to float his own Mahagujarat Janata Party in 2008 and is now attempting to form a “Third Front” comprising dissident BJP leaders.
The MJP chief alleged Gujarat Government dolled out undue sops to industrialists at the cost of burden on the state's exchequer. He contested Modi's claim about round the clock electricity supply.
“Gujarat is purchasing power at Rs 14 per unit and selling it to other states at Rs 3.50,” he claimed, adding that there were more than 4.55 lakh pending applications for agricultural power.
The MJP chief said he will field candidates against BJP in all the 182 constituencies of Gujarat in the forthcoming state polls. He also announced a statewide protest from June 26 to mount pressure on Modi government to withdraw its petition from the Supreme Court in the connection with appointment of Lokayukta in Gujarat.