Modi criticises Rahul, Congress says BJP is anti-people

February 21st, 2009 - 6:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Narendra ModiSurat/New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Saturday criticised Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, asking him not to comment on the state’s economic initiatives. The Congress responded by saying that Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was pro-corporate and had little concern for masses.
“Some people come from Delhi and give us advice on the Tata Nano project without full information,” Modi said in Surat.

He was reacting to Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s criticism of the Gujarat government. Gandhi, while visiting Surat Feb 14, had said the Modi government had doled out special favours to Tata Motors for shifting its small car Nano project from West Bengal to Sanand.

Referring to the downturn in the Indian diamond polishing industry, most of which is concentrated in Surat, Modi said: “It is for the central government to take care of the diamond industry. My government has already given VAT concessions.”

In reply, the Congress said the basic problem with the BJP is its ideology which is pro-corporate and has nothing to do with the masses.

“It is the fault of the party ideology which supports the corporate world. It is extremely sad that in the land of Mahatma Gandhi, the corporate world is favoured who are earning crores of rupees,” Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh said in New Delhi.

“The Modi government has nothing to do with medium and small scale industries,” he added.

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