NEW DELHI – India’s Congress party’s national spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Sunday criticised the rival Bhartiya Janata Party and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for taking all credit for Gujarat's development and hiding crucial information from people.
During his visit to Ahmedabad, Singhvi labelled Modi as a ‘Man Of Damage to India’ and BJP as the 'Bharat Jalao Party', referring to Modi's comment on the Gandhi family, when the BJP leader asked the Congress to explain the 'RSVP' (Rahul Sonia Vadra Priyanka) model.
“I don't know how true RSVP is, but, my RSVP response to Modi is that he is a 'Man Of Damage to India' – MODI. BJP is Bharat Jalao Party,” said Singhvi, who also accused BJP of divisive politics and provoking brother against brother. He was referring to BJP Bihar leader Giriraj Singh's jibe, where he said anti-Modi people would have to flee to Pakistan after election results.
“Singh's comment shows that BJP believes in creating a rift between communities and dividing the nation for their benefit, but today, I am here to talk about Modi's false and misleading propaganda about development in Gujarat. I have no problem admitting that Gujarat has prospered, but that is because of the enterprising nature of the Gujarati people; not because of BJP or Modi being chief minister,” said Singhvi, who came prepared with data to support his claims.
“In many conclaves, Modi claims that Gujarat is number one in industrial development, which is a white lie. Maharashtra is number one, followed by Delhi, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. In software exports, Gujarat ranks 11th in India. Even Uttar Pradesh is ahead of Gujarat in IT,” he said. "Gujarat ranks eighth in per capita income, 14th in the prosperity index, eighth in poverty reduction, and eighth in GDP. Even Bihar is ahead of Gujarat in GDP," he said.