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Shinde supports Amartya Sen’s statement on Modi

  • Gaurav Saigal, Hindustan Times, Amethi
  • Updated: Jul 25, 2013 19:28 IST

Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday seconded Nobel laureate Amartya Sen’s statement on Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi saying "Amartya Sen is a world reowned economist and whatever he has said must be correct."

Shinde said this while talking to reporters on the sidelines of foundation stone laying ceremony of a CRPF training centre at Trishundi (Amethi). Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders were present at the function.

Sen had on Monday said he did not want Modi to become India's prime minister because of his 'non secular credentials'. Sen had also criticised Modi's model of governance.

Showering praise for the Gandhi family, Shinde said that the family had worked consistently for the people and the country.

“I was the Congress general secretary in 1998-99 when, during the elections, I first saw how much people love this family. The family too has been doing for the people whether in power or not,” said Shinde.

The dreams that were seen by Rajiv Gandhi for the country were being fulfilled by youths today, said Shinde.

Acknowledging the contribution of CRPF, Shinde said, “I have asked to recruit more people from this region so that you get the benefit of this centre.”

He also announced that with the approval from the cabinet now, personnel of the para-military forces could also get retirement benefits similar to military personnel.

The training centre coming up at Amethi is the sixth such centre in the country. It will have training facility with the most modern technique and equipment.

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