`Congress rule has been anti-farmer and anti-poor`

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi criticised the Congress saying its almost 50 years of rule from Parliament to panchayats, has been "anti-farmer and anti-poor".

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2012, 23:08 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Gujarat chief minister
Narendra Modi on Friday criticised the Congress saying its almost
50 years of rule from Parliament to panchayats, has been
"anti-farmer and anti-poor".

"The Congress single-handedly ruled the country for
almost last 50 years from Parliament to panchayat. But instead
of solving the real problems of the people, they only took a
stop-gap approach of governance. Their approach so far was
anti-poor, anti-farmer," Modi said after his day-long fast
under the `Sadbhavna Mission` in Palitana pilgrimage town of
Bhavnagar district.

"Congress leaders are accustomed to throwing crumbs at
the voters and making tall promises before elections and then
allow peoples` problem to multiply. They just believed in
catering to the vote-bank," Modi said.

"On the other hand, Gujarat government tried to root
out one problem after another, following the policy of
appeasement of none, development for all," Modi said.

Modi said, Gujarat has topped in the country in
implementing the Centre`s 20-point programme for the last 10
years and none of the top five states in the implementation of
the pro-poor programme are Congress-ruled.

This is Modi`s penultimate day-long fast for the
statewide Sadbhavna mission. He will hold his final fast in
the temple town of Ambaji on February 12.

PTI