RTI 'nails' Narendra Modi on pre-poll promises
The Opposition Gujarat Parivartan Party today called chief minister Narendra Modi’s pre-poll promise a sham, claiming that RTI documents have nailed his lies regarding financial packages to each district. HT reports.india Updated: Aug 11, 2013 03:04 IST
The Opposition Gujarat Parivartan Party on Saturday called chief minister Narendra Modi’s pre-poll promise a sham, claiming that RTI documents have nailed his lies regarding financial packages to each district.
“We had sought details from each district collector regarding the special financial package the chief minister had announced for their respective districts as part of his Sadbhavna Mission. But it turned out that the announcements were only on paper,” said Gordhan Zadaphia, a leader of Gujarat Parivartan Party founded by the former chief minister Keshubhai Patel.
Ahead of the 2012 assembly polls in Gujarat, Modi had held one-day fast in each district of the state as part of his Sadbhavna Mission to create harmony in the state. During his fast in each district, he had announced handsome financial packages for each district for development works.
In all, he had announced packages totalling Rs. 39,769 crore for all districts.
However, a year later, RTI responses from all the 26 districts revealed that none has received any funds as promised by Modi.
On Saturday, Zadaphia shared the RTI details including response from all district collectors and district development officers and also the response of the state finance and general administration department.
“Rs 160 crore public money was spent to organise the one-day Sadbhavna fast for the chief minister in each district of the state,” he said, hitting out at Modi for “lying to the public.”
Giving details for two districts, he said that for Amreli, Modi had announced a package of Rs 1,004 crore while for tribal district Dahod, the package was Rs 1,583 crore. However, district collectors of both district stated that they have not received any such financial package from the state government.
Significantly, the state finance department and general administration department allegedly feigned ignorance about any special financial package for any district.
Modi had organised a three-day Sadbhavna fast in Ahmedabad after the Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team (SIT) gave a clean chit to him and others in the Gulbarg Society massacre case.
Subsequently, he had visited each district with one day fast aimed at creating social harmony in the state. The opposition party leaders and also activists and social workers had dubbed Modi’s Sadbhavna Mission as “political gimmick” ahead of the assembly polls.
Keshubhai Patel’s own party, however, had fared poorly in the polls winning only 2 seats.