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Rahul takes on Modi,says incentives only for Nano not the poor

Irked by advertisements blaming the Centre for the plight of diamond industry, Rahul Gandhi launched a frontal attack on Narendra Modi Government, accusing it of providing incentives worth crores of rupees to Tata’s Nano project.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2009 20:45 IST
PTI

Irked by advertisements blaming the Centre for the plight of diamond industry, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday launched a frontal attack on Narendra Modi Government, accusing it of providing incentives worth crores of rupees to Tata’s Nano project while turning away from workers affected by recession.

Advertisement had appeared in the local newspapers of Surat today coinciding with Rahul’s visit saying that Central Government has done nothing for the Diamond Industry which has over the years earned the government crore of rupees.

The advertisement issued in the name of unemployed diamond workers pointing figures at Rahul Gandhi, who was scheduled to meet diamond workers in the city, had said that those coming from Delhi should stop the show of “ false sympathy” to the diamond workers and do something for them.

Gandhi who is on a three-day visit to Gujarat reacted sharply to the advertisement after meeting the diamond workers.

“It is one thing to give advertisement and totally different thing to do some work for them”, Rahul told reporters.

“On the one hand Gujarat Government has provided incentives of crores of rupees for Nano project but it has turned away from the diamond workers. It seems state government is not ready to spend money on poor,” Rahul said.

First Published: Feb 14, 2009 20:44 IST