At a time when Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has been talking about his “business model” across the country, BJP ally Janata Dal (United) has labeled his model “non-inclusive”.
Attacking Gujarat’s path of development, JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari also said that Modi was “desperate” to become Prime Minister.
“Modi is desperate (to become Prime Minister). He has already accepted that he is a Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP though the party has said the decision will be taken by its Parliamentary Board,” Tiwari said.
Hitting out at Modi for talking about a common direction for growth for Gujarat and Bihar despite some local modification, Tiwari said: “What we and the people of Bihar believe is that ours is an ideal model, because it is an inclusive model. It aims to bring the downtrodden to the mainstream.”
He added, “We don’t know much about it, but what we know is that Gujarat doesn’t have that (inclusive) model. The second thing what we feel is our growth rate, which is taken as the yardstick for development ... we have regularly achieved a better growth rate than Gujarat through our model. That is why I think Modi should learn a few things from Bihar’s development model.”