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Modi pokes fun at Aakash, Cong's laptop promises

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ahmedabad, September 05, 2012
First Published: 19:14 IST(5/9/2012) | Last Updated: 02:11 IST(6/9/2012)

The latest Congress promise of education infrastructure overhaul and free Aakash tablets to students has drawn derision from chief minister Narendra Modi.


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Discomfited earlier by the overwhelming response to Congress housing scheme promise, the chief minister this time responded with sarcasm.

Addressing students on Teachers' Day from Gandhinagar, Modi — punning on the word "aakash" — said, "The Aakash tablet promised by union minister Kapil Sibal is yet to arrive on earth."

"He (Sibal) had stated that the world's cheapest low-cost PC would be made available to students at Rs. 3,000. Mind you, it was not for free, you had to pay for it, but even after paying, no tablet PC has been delivered since its launch."

The aggressive poll campaign of the Congress had been making the state government increasingly uncomfortable. After the overwhelming success of its scheme promising affordable houses to economically weaker sections of women in urban areas, the party had promised free plots of land to women in rural Gujarat.

On Tuesday, the Gujarat Congress had pledged to make education "affordable and accessible to the poor, marginalised and rural communities" and blamed the Modi government for ruining the education system.

Party president Arjun Modhvadia promised a free laptop to every student after Class 12 if the party came to power in the coming assembly elections. He also promised hostels in cities, sports complexes in every block and universities in tribal areas.

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