Updated: June 1, 2010 01:56 IST

Centre's policies anti-Gujarat: Modi

Manas Dasgupta
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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi
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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi

Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday alleged the policies of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre were “anti-Gujarat.”

Dedicating to the nation a 250 MW expansion project of the lignite-based power station at Nani Naroli in Surat district, Mr. Modi said the cost of power generation in the State had gone up because of the Centre's “anti-Gujarat” policies.

He said the Centre was not allowing the State to draw coal from the Nagpur coal fields in neighbouring Maharashtra, forcing the State to bring coal from far-off Bihar and Jharkhand. The long distance transportation was costing power consumers in the State more, he said, but added that nothing could stop Gujarat from progressing rapidly on the path of development.

Mr. Modi said two more power projects of 500 MW capacity would soon come up in the south Gujarat region.

Mr. Modi said cotton growers in the State suffered heavy losses as the Centre first imposed a ban on export of cotton and then imposed a license fee for its export. He said that because of the superior quality of the produce in the State, farmers had been exporting cotton to various countries.

If this allegations are true, it is a shame for UPA government. What are the Congress party leaders who were elected from Gujarat doing about these allegations? If they are keeping their eyes and ears closed, they should be defeated in next election by people of Gujarat. People of Gujarat should ask for accountability. They should put interest of Gujarat first then their party.

from:  Jay
Posted on: Jun 1, 2010 at 19:21 IST
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