Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Modi's devpt claim 'phoney': Katju

Bhopal: Press Council of India chairman Markendya Katju on Sunday hit out at Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi describing as “phoney” his claims of development in the state and saying its malnutrition rate was worse than Somalia. Katju said despite tall claims about development, the living standard of common people was still “abysmal”.
    He said the development claim had not helped the common man in any way. A time may come when the people of the state would themselves realize that the development about which Modi boasts a lot was of no use to them, he said.
    He also touched upon the 2002 post-Godhra riots. “There is no way in which the blot on Modi's name due to the 2002 Gujarat communal riots can be wiped out,” Katju said. Asked what he thought of Modi's third successive win in assembly elections, he said everyone knows how polls are fought and won these days in the country.
    He said that in sharp contrast, there was no blot on another BJPruled state Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's name. “I found Chouhan to be a polite and humble person,” he said. AGENCIES 
Guj crucial, but no change in Modi visa policy: US 
Ahmedabad: Observing that Gujarat remains an important state for its investment, the US on Saturday, said it would continue to engage with the state across a broad range of issues. However, it refrained from making any comment on the assembly elections and also on the issue of a visa to CM Narendra Modi, saying there has been no change on its policy in this regard. AGENCIES