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Updated: November 19, 2013 13:30 IST

Gujarat’s debt has ballooned under Modi rule, says Poojary

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Former minister Janardhana Poojari. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
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Former minister Janardhana Poojari. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister B. Janardhana Poojary on Monday said that under Chief Minister M. Narendra Modi’s rule, Gujarat’s debt has burgeoned and unemployment rate increased.

Mr. Poojary told presspersons here that the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate deliberately did not utter a word about his work in Gujarat “as people know facts of his governance.” He said the rate of unemployment was 53 per cent in Gujarat and the loan of the government had risen from Rs. 45,000 crore when he took charge to Rs. 1.38 lakh crore now.

He said that Mr. Modi forgot to mention the boom in Information Technology sector achieved during S.M. Krishna’s rule in Karnataka.

On the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s comment accusing the BJP government of driving out outsiders from the State, Mr. Poojary said Mr. Gandhi was referring to inaction of the government in preventing attack on Biharis who had come to write Railway Recruitment examinations in 2008. “The State government had failed in providing proper security to Biharis and prevent the attacks,” he said.

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