Chavan questions Modi’s economics,says Gujaratis behind success

BJP’s lead campaigner for the 2014 elections and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has no sense of economics for the country,Maharashtra CM and senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said on Sunday.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 12, 2013 3:36 am

BJP’s lead campaigner for the 2014 elections and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has no sense of economics for the country,Maharashtra CM and senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said on Sunday.

“Mr Modi is criticising UPA’s economic policies,but does not have any economic solution to offer,” he said during his visit to the Capital. Recently,Modi had argued in favour of 25 per cent of the national GDP on education.

Chavan said Gujarat would have been prosperous even without Modi because the Gujaratis are an enterprising community.

“Wherever Gujaratis have settled down,they have made the economy prosper. Modi has usurped the credit,” the CM said.

On the UPA’s prime ministerial candidate,Chavan said it is something “Mrs Gandhi will decide”.

Chavan said that whoever is in power would have the tough task of managing the ever-increasing fuel bills in terms of oil import. “Nobody has a magic wand. The BJP has not said how they propose to manage that,so any criticism of the economic policies of the UPA is baseless if they do not have an alternative solution,” he said.

With the demand for a separate Vidarbha gaining ground following the announcement of Telangana,Chavan said that backwardness alone could not be criterion for a separate state. “If a region is backward,I have the entire state’s resources to pool in to help. Left on their own,those areas will not be able to match that kind of economic assistance,” he said. Maharashtra tops the list in terms of state GDP. The state is also in the process of ascertaining sales tax figures from all areas,including Vidarbha. “In a separate state,Nagpur alone will have to bear the economic burden of the entire region. We are trying hard to see industries go to the backward areas and that good officers of the state do not refuse postings to those areas,” he said. Regarding purported differences with ally NCP,Chavan said,“The Congress and the NCP are tied by a common bond.”

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