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PMO punctures Modi claim on Gujarat growth

delhi Updated: Apr 10, 2013 00:13 IST
HT Correspondent

The Prime Minister’s Office rebutted Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s continued charge of politics in allocation of Central funds to UPA and non-UPA ruled states. The office also took a jibe at his suggestion to Bihar that it should adopt Gujarat’s growth model saying Bihar has grown faster than Gujarat in the last five years.

This was in reaction to Modi's long speech at a meeting of BJP in Kolkata where he accused the Centre of have different yardsticks for allocation of money to UPA ruled and non-UPA ruled states. “It is natural that people in power in these (non-UPA) states raise their voice against this,” he said while referring to demand of states for more central funds.

Modi offered an advice to uncomfortable NDA partner and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar saying Bihar should take a leaf out of his Gujarat model for development to progress well.

The PMO was prompt to suggest that Gujarat model is not the best to adopt for development saying Bihar, and not Gujarat, grew fastest. “Most developing states have improved their GDP growth during the last 5 Year Plan,” the PMO said. Gujarat is considered a developed state.

The PMO also said the money given to the state is according to “mutually agreed formula for economic justice”. The Gujarat chief minister had not protested at annual plan allocations by the UPA and even praised Planning Commission for generous allocation for the state during the 12th five year plan.

The PMO strong reaction was apparently in reaction to Modi describing the present UPA government has most “hated” since independence. “I have never seen such hatred and anger among the people against any other government. It must be ensured that the UPA government is uprooted," he said.