State secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) G.V. Sriram Reddy on Wednesday lashed out at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi saying that the development Mr. Modi was speaking of was only the development of corporate companies and not the common man. As much as 42 per cent of women and children suffered from malnutrition in Gujarat, he said.

After inaugurating a district-level political convention of Left parties here, Mr. Sriram Reddy said that Mr. Modi only worked for the benefit of corporate companies and hence, 70 per cent of chief executive officers of such companies had endorsed Mr. Modi as a “capable leader”. Mr. Modi had snatched away lakhs of acres of agriculture land from farmers and given it to corporate companies to set up their units and this was the “Gujarat model” that Mr. Modi was speaking of, Mr. Sriram Reddy said.

Tax exemption worth crores of rupees has been given to corporate companies by the Modi government. This is the hard reality of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s election formula that was based on the “Gujarat model”. He alleged that leaders of the Sangh Parivar and the followers of Mr. Modi were behind the communal riots in Uttar Pradesh where 48 people died. He said that though there were different ruling parties at different times at the Centre in the last six decades, the policies — be it economic or social — have remained the same.

“The economic policies have been in favour of the corporate companies, landing the country in the economic crisis today,” he said.