Modi govt serving industries at the cost of OBCs: Congress

Launching a scathing attack on Chief Minister Narendra Modi,the state Congress today called his Sadbhavana Mission a “drama” and accused him of spending public money on self-promotional events at the cost of OBCs’ welfare.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published: January 23, 2012 5:08:56 am

Launching a scathing attack on Chief Minister Narendra Modi,the state Congress today called his Sadbhavana Mission a “drama” and accused him of spending public money on self-promotional events at the cost of OBCs’ welfare.

“Sadbhavana Mission is a drama. The Chief Minister is just indulging in self-promotional activities in the name of fasts and wasting public money. He is making desperate attempts to wash off the blot of 2002 in the name of Sadbhavana,” said Shankersinh Vaghela,party’s election campaign manager,while addressing an OBC meet in Karelibaug area here.

Calling the 2002 riots a conspiracy,Vaghela said,“Instead of handing over to their families,why was the bodies of 59 kar sevaks taken to Ahmedabad from Godhra? Would the CM do the same had the train burning incident happened in his hometown?”

Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Arjun Modhwadia said Modi was misleading people in the name of sadbhavana. “If he has got sadbhavana in his heart,he should extend it to the families of the 59 kar sevaks killed in Godhra. The IPS officers who are lodged in jails should also get a piece of sadbhavana. But he would not do this,” Modhwadia said.

He further alleged that the policies of Modi were benefiting a handful of industrialists while the welfare OBCs,who account for over 50 per cent of the state’s population of 6.25 crore,had gone for a toss. “The Sadbhavana slogan is ‘Sauno saath,sauno vikas’ (everybody’s participation,everybody’s development). But the ground reality says,‘Sauno sath,100 (industrialists) no vikas (Everybody’s participation,development of 100),” Modhwadia said.

Union Minister of State for Railways Bharatsinh Solanki said that a few corporate houses get 100 of acres of land at throwaway prices,but OBCs cannot afford to by a 100-square feet residential plot. He said OBCs were losing land to these big corporations,thanks to policies of the state government.

Vadodara city Congress president Narendra Ravat said that OBC students living in rural areas were struggling to get jobs due to the introduction of online application system. “There are eight lakh unemployed youth in the state. Many of them are living in rural areas where they do not have access to Internet and so they are finding it hard to apply for jobs,” Ravat said.

Nearly 40,000 people from Vadodara district attended the meet.

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