‘Cong running smear campaign to shift industries’

In an veiled attack on Congress, Gujarat CM Narendra Modi said a "smear campaign" is being carried out to shift state industries to Maharashtra.

Ahmedabad: In an veiled attack on Congress,
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said a "smear
campaign" is being carried out as part of a "conspiracy" to
shift state industries to neighbouring Maharashtra.

"Everyday falsehood is spread against Gujarat government
over industrial development. A sustained smear campaign is
being carried out under a well thought conspiracy to shift the
industries of Gujarat to neighbouring Maharashtra," Modi said
in Ankleshwar town without naming Congress.

"It is not just a part of a political agenda to belittle
Gujarat`s industrial march but a move to malign Gujarat.
People of the state need to be alert against such lies," he
said after inaugurating Atul Limited`s Rs 1,000-crore P-Cresol
Chemicals Manufacturing plant.

Congress has been targeting Modi for favouring
industries in the state at the cost of common people and
farmers. The opposition party has also accused Modi of
favouring a few groups of industries.

"Those who level allegations that Gujarat Government has
been selling land for industrial development had, in fact,
themselves sold fertile agricultural land up to Ankleshwar and
Vapi in the past, depriving the farmers adequate
compensation," Modi said in an apparent reference to Congress.

"On the contrary, the present government (BJP) ensures
(that) industrial development takes place in wastelands near
sea coasts and Rann of Kutch. This has resulted in once
backward regions reaping the benefits of industrial
development," he said.

Listing out developments, Modi said Gujarat has progressed
leaps and bounds during the last decade moving ahead as a
pharmaceutical sector from its traditional chemicals base.

While Gujarat`s industrial development was restricted to
Golden Corridor up to Ankleshwar and Vapi in south Gujarat
along the National Highway so far, it has now spread across
the state, he claimed.

This has been possible due to the government`s
comprehensive and transparent industrial policy, the chief
minister said.

Gujarat is one state which has laid stress on equitable
growth of agriculture, industries and service sectors