Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday sought to puncture the development card of his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi, saying it was "not fair for one person" to take credit for the work of the entire Gujarati people, known for their enterprising nature.
Gujarat state chief minister Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Hyderabad. (AP Photo)
"The credit for the development of Gujarat goes to the industrious nature of the Gujarati people, who have also contributed substantially to development all around including in Maharashtra as also in London and the United States. One man taking credit for the work of the Gujarati people is not fair" Chavan told reporters.
Modi, who is the BJP's face in the next Lok Sabha polls, has often sought to take credit for the development of Gujarat under his tenure and organised "Vibrant Gujarat" conventions to showcase the progress and attract investment in the state.
Chavan, who is a senior Congress leader, also wanted Modi to articulate his views on how to deal with Pakistan as also how to address the problems confronting the economy at a time when it was facing a crisis due to the slowdown.
"Modi should articulate his Pakistan policy, his economic policy and his akhand bharat policy," Chavan said suggesting that the Gujarat chief minister only excels in the art of criticising his detractors and does not reveal his policy on key issues facing the nation.
Chavan's remarks were significant as they came on a day when Modi virtually launched the BJP's campaign in the South at a rally in Hyderabad by tearing into the UPA government's functioning, accusing it of being unable to provide national security to citizens.
Raking up the incident of Pakistan violating cease fire and killing soldiers, Modi said that when soldiers were beheaded earlier this year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured that a repeat will not be allowed.
"I ask the PM, what now," he hit out.
Modi mocked at external affairs minister Salman Khurshid's visit to China and his welcoming Pakistan's delegation in Jaipur.
He questioned the protocol that compelled the minister to honour the two nations after repeated tension between the neighbours.
Chavan said that Modi would not have had any impact in Maharashtra in the Lok Sabha polls and the Congress-NCP will maintain their dominance in the 48 seats.
At present, the two parties together have 25 seats and two independent MPs from the state also support the UPA.