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Modi targets Rajiv,says he did nothing to fight graft

During the Congress reign in the state and Centre,he alleged,even a poor widow would have to hire a middleman to get pension benefits.

Written by Gopal Kateshiya | Published: October 24, 2012 3:39 am

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday targeted former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi,saying the country had forgotten him since he did nothing to curb corruption despite his party being in power “right from Delhi to small village panchayats”.

“Do you remember Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi?” Modi asked the crowd at his rally at Balasinor town of Kheda district.

When no response came from the audience,he answered: “Anyway,it is better to forget some people. Congress spends Rs 700 crore on issuing advertisements on the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi and has named 400 schemes after his name. And still the country no longer remembers him now.”

Referring to allegations of corruptions in allotment of coal blocks and 2G spectrum,Modi said,“Rajiv Gandhi himself had said that if he sent one rupee,the ultimate beneficiary only got 15 paise. Why did he not take action against corruption when his party ruled right from Delhi to small panchayats?”

It was the panjo (hand,the symbol of the Congress party) which took away chunks of the one rupee sent by the then Central government,said Modi.

The Chief Minister claimed there was no corruption in the schemes run by his government. “We have changed the scenario through Garib Kalyan Melas (GKMs). If a rupee is sent from Gandhinagar,the real beneficiary gets 100 paise. In the last one year alone,we have held 1,000 Garib Kalyan Melas and distributed state benefits worth Rs 14,000 crore to 85 lakh beneficiaries,” he claimed.

During the Congress reign in the state and Centre,he alleged,even a poor widow would have to hire a middleman to get pension benefits. “However,I have thrown this army of middlemen out of business. So,they are desperate now.”

Balasinor,which has a sizeable Muslim population, had witnessed riots in 2002.

Modi was greeted with flower by Farhat Sultana Begum,wife of Salabatkhad,the erstwhile nawab of Balasinor.

An event was organised by the BJP’s Kheda district unit to felicitate Modi for his announcement of Mahisagar as a district and carving out two talukas,Phagvel and Galteshwar,from Kheda. Balasinor is expected to be the headquarters of the new Mahisagar district.

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