NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for development and economic reform on a day he inaugurated his “dream” roll-on, roll-off ferry in Gujarat, announcing that the Centre would not “give anything” to states that were “anti-development”.
“Our government firmly believes that public money must be used only for development. Our government will provide all kinds of help to states which will give priority to development. But we will not give anything to those state governments which are anti-development,” he said in Vadodara on Sunday after laying the foundation stones for several projects.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been needling the Modi regime at his rallies across Gujarat, with the punchline that “development has gone crazy” and the NDA’s tall promises have fizzled out.
Modi claimed it was the erstwhile UPA that had been hostile to Gujarat’s development. “When I was Gujarat Chief Minister, I faced hostility... Efforts were made to stall industry and growth. Over the last three years, we have given importance to Gujarat’s development... Our priority is development.”
Modi also lashed out at the Opposition for criticising demonetisation and the GST rollout, saying the process of taking “important decisions” on economic reform would continue. “After all reforms and hardcore decisions, the economy is on track and is going in the right direction. Many economists have agreed that the fundamentals of the economy are strong.” Modi said none had the right to point a finger at the Election Commission for not announcing the Gujarat poll dates along with those of Himachal Pradesh.
Some announcements made by PM Modi since the Himachal poll dates were announced on October 12 and those for Gujarat withheld
J267-crore waste-to-energy processing plant in Vadodara
J265-crore announced for two flyovers in Vadodara
J166-crore water treatment plant in Vadodara
J125-crore Janmahal city transport hub and multi-level parking in Vadodara
J100-crore Vadodara City Command Control Centre dedicated to the nation
Waghodiya Regional Water Supply Scheme dedicated to the nation
Ayurveda hospitals in each district of country
Larger airport for Rajkot
Maritime University in Lothal
Gujarat govt announced garment policy; investment target of J20,000 crore