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‘Modi’ means ‘Man Of Damage to India,’ says Abhishek Manu Singhvi

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Singhvi was referring to Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh's jibe yesterday. (Reuters) Singhvi was referring to Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh's jibe yesterday. (Reuters)

Giving all credit to Gujarati people for the state’s development, Congress national spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi Sunday criticised the BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for taking all the credit and hiding crucial information from the people.

During his visit here, Singhvi labelled Modi as a ‘Man Of Damage to India’ and BJP as the ‘Bharat Jalao Party’, referring to Modi’s comment on the Gandhi family yesterday, when Modi asked the Congress to explain the ‘RSVP’ (Rahul Sonia Vadra Priyanka) model.

“I don’t know how true RSVP is, but, my RSVP response to Modi is that he is a ‘Man Of Damage to India’ — MODI. BJP is Bharat Jalao Party” said Singhvi, who also accused BJP of divisive politics and provoking “brother against brother”.

He was referring to Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh’s jibe yesterday, where Singh said anti-Modi people would have to flee to Pakistan after election results.

“Singh’s comment shows that BJP believes in creating a rift between communities and dividing the nation for their benefit, but today, I am here to talk about Modi’s false and misleading propaganda about development in Gujarat. I have no problem admitting that Gujarat has prospered, but that is because of the enterprising nature of the Gujarati people; not because of BJP or Modi being chief minister,” said Singhvi, who came prepared with data to support his claims.

Singhvi claimed that after Modi took over as CM in 2001, Gujarat’s average growth rate remained at 9 per cent to 10 per cent.

“If you go back and check figures of the past three governments, it was near 16 per cent for almost 15 years, but no CM ever boasted about the achievement. While Modi, who actually brought down the growth, keeps on patting his own back,” Singhvi said.

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