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Gujarat model is an exaggeration: Chidambaram

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Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram at an interaction with PTI in New Delhi on Monday.
PTI Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram at an interaction with PTI in New Delhi on Monday.

The much-touted Gujarat model of development is “flawed” and “a bit of an exaggeration,” Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said on Monday, affirming that this model would not work for the whole country.

Flaunted by Chief Minister Narendra Modi as a success story, the Gujarat model was described by Mr. Chidambaram as the one that had left large sections of the people of the state behind.

“Like every model, there are some positive elements. But by and large it’s a flawed model. It is a model that does not believe in inclusive growth. It is a model that has left large sections of the people of Gujarat behind.

“Secondly, a model that may have worked in Gujarat over a period of few years may not be the model that will work for the whole country,” he told PTI.

Refusing to get into a discussion whether Mr. Modi as BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate would be good or bad for Congress, he said his party was not fighting any individual but an idea represented by BJP which was rejected in 2004 and 2009.

He mocked at the elevation of Mr. Modi as Election Campaign Committee chief, saying he was such a divisive person that there is a “lot of rebellion” within his party, starting from the top, apparently referring to the resignation by L.K. Advani.

“We think Mr. Modi is a very divisive figure, which is why there is a lot of rebellion within his party. For the first time I have seen there is a rebellion starting at the very top,” Mr. Chidambaram said.

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11 out of 12 comments, excluding mine, are unfavorable to PC and his
negative politics. wake up PC. enough of critiquing others, you or your
government has not grown or done enough to comment on others.

from:  Arun Prasad
Posted on: Jul 3, 2013 at 10:09 IST

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

from:  A.SESHAGIRI
Posted on: Jul 2, 2013 at 08:11 IST

If Gujarat model is an exaggeration then UPA model is a non-sense
because there's isn't any. Compare the state of the fiscal affairs of
the country in 2004 and 2012, you get the idea. Ad-hoc and opportunistic
policy is what they believe in.

from:  Mahesh
Posted on: Jul 1, 2013 at 21:19 IST

Mr Chidambaram should not make vague comments like'flawed','not
inclusive growth' etc.He must come out and substantiate his charges.It
is ironic that the Finance Minister is commenting on the rebellion in
BJP instead of giving his best to salvage the sinking economy.He has to
do something to save Indian Rupee.He should engage himself in reducing
CAD,contain inflation,generate employment for youth etc.He doesn't
appear to be concerned about these issues.

from:  S.Srinivasan
Posted on: Jul 1, 2013 at 20:43 IST

It looks that Mr PC and his close colleagues are under the impression that they are the sole certifying agencies for defining "an inclusive model of growth" and "defining secularism". If this is their assumption can they show their balanced scorecard which should include the Bhagalpur blindings, the Nelie Massacare, the slaughter of innocents and in Kashmir and Delhi and the runaway inflation that Mr PC has pioneered as examples of inclusive growth?

from:  Dwarakanath Srinivasan
Posted on: Jul 1, 2013 at 20:35 IST

Oh really ? Then please show us what is your idea of a model ?. Atleast
he has one, you have none!

from:  Harish Viswanathan
Posted on: Jul 1, 2013 at 20:28 IST

Dear Mr. Finance Minister,

Greatly appreciate your eye-opener and very in-depth analysis of
Gujarat model. I would greatly appreciate if you can share some
stories of a better model that can make your argument even stronger
and credible. I am sure you would have numerous examples, as congress
has spent a substantial time, rather far more than any other party
has,in the parliament as a ruling party, same applies to your presence
in states. I am elated by your progressive outlook to thrash the
theory that a certain model might not work for everyone, agreed!! Give
me something better than just words to trust you and believe me I
will.

from:  Gaurav
Posted on: Jul 1, 2013 at 20:15 IST

I think Mr.Chidambaram, whose victory in 2009 general elections is still
under the shadow of a case filed by AIDMK candidate; must not make these
'huge' comments to 3 time democratically elected CM of Gujarat and the
most popular politician across India.

from:  Hari Prasad R
Posted on: Jul 1, 2013 at 20:12 IST

At least there is some development, compared to the ZERO development under the UPA rule.
Please be prepared to learn from others Mr. Chidambaram. Your Harvard education does not mean you're always right!

from:  Gautham
Posted on: Jul 1, 2013 at 20:06 IST

PC lecturing on inclusive growth is laughable. Take an example. Mass
transport is the transporting option infront of common masses. State
Road Transport buses for instance provide service at a lesser cost. A
bus transport passengers where as hundred cars would have done the
same feat, wasting precious fuel, polluting the environment. Inclusive
development would have encouraged mass transportation over private
modes of travel. But what PC did was to hike the price of diesel
supplied to Road Transport Outlets. I fail to understand what is
inclusive in it? It was clearly meant to destroy State Transport
Corporations. There is nothing inclusive in it. There is no difference
between PC and NaMo wrt to economic policies. We all know how Ambani
is being subsidized, thanks to Gurudas Gupta.

from:  Roopesh P Raj
Posted on: Jul 1, 2013 at 19:41 IST

Gujarat story is not "a bit of exaggeration" its "a lot of
exaggeration". Please talk to locals outside Ahmedabad,surat and Baroda
for actual ground reality. Its only the "brokers" who are hyping this
false story.

from:  bhaskar chaturvedi
Posted on: Jul 1, 2013 at 19:19 IST

PC's opinion is no rocket science. Every enlightened person, with
basic knowledge about industrial and economic growth would know
that developments based not on progress in educational and
academic pursuits are bogus and farcical. Yes, Gujarat is one
among the most backwardly suffering state in terms of educational
prospects to general public who are mostly villagers tilling hard
grounds in remote thickets along the hill slopes in the state. I
have seen rich city dwelling Gujarathi money sharks float in
every comfort caring two hoots to the poor people still eking out
a living carrying night soil on their heads. Just Ahamedabad,
Navsari, Surat or Baroda or Jamnagar are not alone Gujarat.
Travel deep to know what a rot it is. Or visit a post office in
Surat and try sending a Money Order to see if it ever reaches its
destination. So much for corruption in Gujarat. Reliance, TATA,
ESSAR Power...add Narendra Modi. PC is right in saying that
growth in Gujarat is not inclusive with the poor.

from:  C. Sachidananda Narayanan
Posted on: Jul 1, 2013 at 19:13 IST

Gujarat model is an exaggeration. And what is India's GDP of 5%-A bharat nirman? Wow Mr Chidambaram, you really have fallen to new levels.

from:  Manoj
Posted on: Jul 1, 2013 at 18:40 IST
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