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Hours before UP rally,CM hits out at UPA for Coalgate scam

Encourages PDPU students to come up with innovative ideas to transform India

Written by Express News Service | Gandhinagar |
October 20, 2013 2:36:52 am

Extolling the Vajpayee era,BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi took a dig at the UPA rule for the Coalgate scam,while speaking to students during the 3rd convocation ceremony of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay University (PDPU) in Gandhinagar,hours before setting off on his first mega rally in Uttar Pradesh,on Saturday.

Referring to the Coalgate scam,Modi said,“I once attended a meeting of Supreme Court and High Court judges,as well as chief ministers,and recall one of the states having a very high number of pending cases. The reason cited was lack of electricity,due to which judges were unable to hold court for more than two to three hours a week…while the common man was thirsting for justice.”

“Today,several states are reeling in darkness,because stations with 20,000 MW capacity are down. Why is there is no fuel? Because,there is no coal. And why is there no coal? Because,files are lost. Is this the kind of people we have entrusted our future on? Meanwhile in Gujarat,we have sufficient electricity for our needs,” Modi said.

Modi shared the dais with corporate heavyweights like Reliance Industries CMD Mukesh Ambani,who presides over the PDPU board of governors and Bob Dudley,Group Chief Executive of British Petroleum (BP),who handed out graduating degrees to 680 undergraduate and post graduate students.

Amid cheers of “PM,PM” by students present at the convocation,Modi began by saying that the youth have so far been ignored by governments in this country. “If we can harness the power of the youth,we can pay off the 60-year-old debt that the country is under,that too in 10 years,” he said.

Speaking of the time when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister,Modi said,“During the six years of his governance,he provided employment to almost 6 crore youngsters. However,during the UPA government’s nine-year term,the figure has come down to a meagre 1.46 crore.”

He also went on to claim that while India’s budget for skill development on a national level is just Rs 1,000 crore,Gujarat’s budget is Rs 800 crore.

Modi also asked the students to come up with a roadmap for an energy saving plan to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in the year 2019. He also suggested that the students worked out a project by comparing data from the solar plant installed at PDPU (which is on land) and the one on the Narmada canal.

“Compare the data for six months and let the world know of the difference in technologies,” said Modi. He also suggested the students came up with an energy-efficient idea for the automobile sector by combining the talents of National Institution of Design (NID),PDPU,Gujarat Technical University (GTU) and the Automobile University.

Speaking on the occasion,RIL chief Mukesh Ambani asked the graduating students to look beyond the gloom and dream big. “Narendra bhai,you are an inspiration to the youth. Those 680 handshakes that you just gave to graduating students have changed the spirit of these youngsters.”

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