Gujarat model flawed,Modi divisive: PC

The much-touted Gujarat model of development is “flawed” and “a bit of an exaggeration”,Finance Minister P Chidambaram said Monday,adding this model would not work for the country.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published:July 2, 2013 4:11 am

The much-touted Gujarat model of development is “flawed” and “a bit of an exaggeration”,Finance Minister P Chidambaram said Monday,adding this model would not work for the country.

“Like every model,there are some positive elements. But by and large,it’s a flawed model. It is a model that does not believe in inclusive growth. It is a model that has left large sections of the people of Gujarat behind.

“Secondly,a model that may have worked in Gujarat over a period of few years may not be the model that will work for the whole country,” he said.

He mocked at the elevation of Modi as BJP’s election campaign committee chief,saying he was a divisive figure.

“We think Mr Modi is a very divisive figure,which is why there is a lot of rebellion within his party. For the first time,I have seen there is a rebellion starting at the very top,” Chidambaram said.

Taking a swipe at the reported claims of the Gujarat government that it had rescued 15,000 Gujaratits from flood-hit Uttarakhand,Chidambaram said it was an exercise in “myth-making”.

“I am sure,if allowed,his managers,handlers would have claimed he rescued 1.5 lakh,” he said. “…When you get into myth-making,you tend to get carried away,” he said.

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