Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Keshubhai promises cheap electricity if voted to power

Former chief minister Keshubhai Patel on Friday said that if he is voted to power in the coming assembly elections against the present BJP government, he will reduce the electricity tariff and also the fare of state transport buses.
    Addressing the well attended fourth ‘Parivartan Sammelan’ here, he said, “I will not change my mind, keep faith in me. Time has come to bring about change in Gujarat.”
    Attacking revenue minister Anandiben Patel, the former chief minister alleged that textbooks have become costlier in the state ever since their printing contracts were given to her relatives.
    Keshubhai flayed chief minister Narendra Modi for not having a long assembly session. “Modi fears that if he allows more days to the assembly session, then the corruption in his government would be exposed. He has reduced the assembly session to just 30 days from the earlier 49 days during my tenure,” the veteran leader said.
    Keshubhai said not much development has taken place in Gujarat under Modi’s rule. It is just a propaganda. In reality the picture is different. “As far as investment in industry is concerned, Bihar is ahead of Gujarat. The number of families living below poverty line has increased over the last one decade. Every third person in Gujarat is poor,” he said.
    “There is budgetary provision for the packages being announced by Modi. Hence, there is nothing new in his project announcements,” Keshubhai said.
    The sammelan was attended by former Union minister Kashiram Rana and former home minister Gordhan Zadaphia.