Last Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014, 21:54
Mumbai: Expressing confidence that the Congress-led coalition at the Centre will perform a hat-trick, Maharashtra Industries Minister Narayan Rane on Saturday said that the "Modi wave" in the country has subsided and will not be seen in the next few days.
Addressing a press conference, Rane charged that the Gujarat Chief Minister had run out of issues and was indulging only in falsehoods.
"Congress will score a hat-trick in forming government at the Centre," he said.
When his attention was drawn towards ally Sharad Pawar's comment that the BJP will emerge as the single largest party, Rane said, "Pawar has also said that BJP will not be forming the next government."
Criticising MNS chief Raj Thackeray and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray of bringing their family feud in public. Rane said the squabble will benefit the Congress.
"Voters are clever enough to understand that those who cannot keep family united and bring personal fights in public domain, will never be able to keep the state and the country united," he charged.
Rane said the Congress-NCP will get 35 out of the 48 seats from the state.
Hitting out at the 'Gujarat development model', Rane said Maharashtra's share in the total foreign investment in the state was 21 per cent as against Gujarat's 13.6 per cent.
Maharashtra was ahead of Gujarat in terms of education, health as well. "We brought 13.7 per cent of below-poverty line people above poverty line while Gujarat managed only 8 per cent," he said.
First Published: Saturday, April 05, 2014, 21:54