Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday alleged that the Congress party had waxed eloquent about development of youth but its government at the Centre had done little for them except doling out promises.

Addressing a huge youth convention at the sprawling Sardar Patel Stadium grounds in Ahmedabad, Mr Modi said the Congress-led government had earned praise from different corners when in the last budget it earmarked Rs 1,000 crore for skill development of as many as 10 lakh youngsters.

“But what did it do? Only 18,352 persons were imparted training, and on the other hand they promised 10 lakh. And nobody produced any account for the rest,” the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate asserted. “We can’t trust them (the Congress party) anymore,” he said.

Mr Modi added, “For them, the youth are mere voters, for us youth is power and an instrument of country-building.”

To applause, he poetically exhorted the crowd, “Nazar badlo to nazare badal jayenge (if you alter the way you look at things, the perspective will change).” Mr Modi added it was time to understand how the state of affairs in the country had gone from bad to worse during the last ten years.