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Hooda challenges BJP to make ‘Gujarat model’ election issue

PTI  Chandigarh, July 21, 2014
First Published: 10:00 IST(21/7/2014) | Last Updated: 10:08 IST(21/7/2014)

Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had threw a challenge to Bharatiya Janata Party leaders to make ‘Gujarat model’ of development a poll issue in poll-bound Haryana, saying they know too well that it would take the state backwards.

“I challenge, let any of them (BJP leaders) talk about implementing Gujarat model in Haryana. They won’t, because they know that this will mean taking the state backwards,” Hooda said addressing a public meeting in Prithla in Palwal district on Sunday.

Hooda said while speaking at a rally in Uttar Pradesh before the Lok Sabha polls, Narendra Modi had given comparative figures of his state and UP with regards to the per capita income.

“Modi had said, in UP per capita income was Rs. 33,000 whereas in Gujarat it was Rs. 75,000. I want to tell him that per capita income in Haryana is highest in the country at Rs. 1,35,000 and my state is far ahead in other spheres as well,” he added.

Hooda said if ‘Gujarat model’ were to be implemented in Haryana, “This will mean reducing the old-age pension from Rs. 1,000 to around Rs. 400 per month. The diesel price will have to be hiked by Rs. 8 per litre, while the electricity rate, being supplied to farmers at 10 paise per unit will have to hiked manifold.”

The state goes to polls in October this year.

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