Modi’s ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ nowhere to be seen in Godhra

December 15th, 2007 - 9:33 pm ICT by admin  

By Ami Sharma
Godhra, Dec 15 (ANI): Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s aggressive ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ campaign rings hollow in Godhra, which is reminiscent of the 2002 tragic train burning incident that led to communal riots in the State.
Villages in Godhra show no signs of any development activities carried out by the incumbent State government, and people live here being deprived of the basic public services.
Daunia village in the Panchmahal district is barely four kilometres away from Godhra and is home to 7000 tribals, but here too Modi’s claims of all round development in the State find no takers.
“There is no water, electricity, and no roads. There is nothing. There is no development here; we are worried. Last time we voted for the BJP. They made several promises, but later no one turned up. This time I am going to vote for Congress,” says villager Vajabhai Rathwa.
Villagers, who voted for the BJP, have now lost their trust in the party. There are no roads linking this village with other parts of the city. Villagers use cycles or prefer walking, and during monsoon the situation becomes worse. “We have a water tank with a capacity of 70,000 litres, but it is empty. We are deprived of basic development in Modi’s regime. Modi government did nothing for welfare of this area,” says Salim, another villager, adding, “We are not with this government this time.” People here roam around as casual labourers, and most of them remain jobless for most parts of the year.
Shantu Ben, angrily says, “We will vote for those who will consider our condition and will help us. We don’t have roads, water and electricity. There is no doctor. I will not let anybody vote in my area until and unless someone promise to solve our problems.” Villagers have unanimously decided not to cast their vote in favour of the BJP this time. (ANI)

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