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Maharashtra: PM chides Chavan, flags off campaign

Dharmendra Jore, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 17, 2014
First Published: 09:43 IST(17/8/2014) | Last Updated: 14:10 IST(17/8/2014)

With his sights set on ending the Congress- NCP’s 15-year rule in Maharashtra, PM Narendra Modi, on Saturday, launched the BJP’s assembly polls campaign by outlining the development agenda at functions in Raigad and Solapur districts. He even chided chief minister Prithviraj Chavan for not taking up the issue of policy paralysis when the Congress-led UPA was in power at the Centre.

At rallies in both places, Modi said only BJP-led governments would improve the quality of life for Indians. The PM continued from where he left off during his Independence Day speech at Red Fort, highlighting the importance of multi-sector progress, jobs for youth and better infrastructure.

Modi laid the foundation stones of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust SEZ and a project to connect it with four national highways. “This [policy paralysis on SEZ] is a chronic ailment that needs a good doctor,” said Modi, when Chavan, a fierce critic of the PM, demanded that investors be offered clarity on SEZ policy, so they do not fear loss of the money they propose to invest. NEW DELHI: The Congress’ strategy of fighting the Lok Sabha polls on a ‘secularism versus communalism’ plank and perceived minority appeasement were responsible for its rout in the elections, an internal party committee has said. The four-member panel — headed by ex-defence minister AK Antony — was set up by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi after the party slumped to its worst-ever Lok Sabha tally of 44 seats. Strong anti-incumbency against Congress CMs and the lack of coordination between central and state leaderships also caused the defeat, the panel’s findings said.

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