LS polls: Vaghela awaits party’s decision on Godhra constituency

Amid speculations that Union Textiles Minister Shankersinh Vaghela may contest the coming Lok Sabha elections from Godhra...

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara | Published: February 12, 2009 2:20:01 am

Amid speculations that Union Textiles Minister Shankersinh Vaghela may contest the coming Lok Sabha elections from Godhra,the Congress leader said on Wednesday that it was up to the party to take a decision to this effect.

“I will wait for the party’s decision on this,” said Vaghela,who was in Vadodara to address locals about the kind of progress the textile sector has made in the last few years.

Asked about Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Gujarat,he said,“Rahul is a young leader and he will be coming to the state to encourage the Youth Congress members. This is also being done to infuse young blood in the party.”

Vaghela lambasted the BJP,which during its national executive meeting,raked up the

issue of Ram temple. Calling the issue “out of date” he said,they had no agenda and they were trying to mislead people.

“Ram ke saath bhi cheating karte hain (They even cheat Lord Ram). Why didn’t they build the temple when they were in power. They remember Ram only during elections. Ram kisi party ki monopoly nahi hain (no party has monopoly over Ram),” he said.

He lashed out at Chief Minister Narendra Modi for “misleading” the people of Gujarat by announcing imaginary figures of investments pledged during the vibrant Gujarat summits.

The minister went on to challenge the industrialists who had showered praise on Modi,asking them to invest even 1 per cent of the total project cost in Narmada or other bonds if they were so sure of the investments that they were going to make.

“Ye Modi sarkar ka safed jhoot hai. Bogus sarkar hai aur bogus daave. Agar himmat hai to white paper le kar ayen (the Modi government is lying. This is a bogus

government. If they are so sure of the proposed investment figures,they should come out with a white paper),” he added.

He further said that one lakh youth have been employed with the organised sector in the last seven years.

Speaking on the achievements of the UPA government in the textile sector,the minister said,“In the last four years,the sector has seen investment of Rs 1,30,541 crore and they are expected to touch Rs 1,50,600 crore by 2012.”

This enhanced investment,the minister said,would generate 17.37 million jobs by the same time. “The price of cotton has also seen an increase between 39 per cent and 48 per cent during 2008-2009,” he added.

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