Gandhinagar: Gujarat has achieved many
milestones in the last 50 years because of its hard-working
and entrepreneurial people and none can stop the development
and progress of the state, Ahmed Patel, political secretary to
Sonia Gandhi said.
While addressing a public convention organised by the
state Congress on Gujarat`s Foundation Day, Patel said credit
for the progress and development should entirely go to people
of the state.
The Congress boycotted the state government organised
events to celebrate Golden Jubilee and had organised its own
"Even at the time of Independence in 1947 and formation
of Gujarat state in 1960, Gujarat was far more developed than
other states," he said, stressing that the development is not
of recent past.
He also hit out at Chief Minister Narendra Modi and the
BJP government for claiming credits for development in
industrial and agriculture sector.
"Gujarat is known for Mahatma Gandhi, Sadrdar Patel and
Ravi Shankar Maharaj, who created a unique pride of Gujarat
and not those who put their hoardings clad in designer-made
clothes," he said, referring to Modi`s penchant for his
Former Textiles Minister Shankersinh Vaghela said that
Gujarat`s image became tainted and tarnished as people with
fascist ideology were ruling the state and they should be
thrown out of power at the earliest.
Vaghela said that Gujarat government is celebrating
the state`s Golden jubilee but nowhere photographs of Mahatma
Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Indulal Yagnik and others, who devoted
their life for the cause of state and nation are seen.
"Lets not forget that Gujarat has produced Mahatma
Gandhi and Sardar Patel and because of them Gujarat is great.
It is also a fact that Gujarat is great not because of Modi,"
Other senior leaders and Chief Minister of Goa,
Haryana and Delhi, Union ministers Anand Sharma, Tushar
Chaudhary, Dinsha Patel and Bharatsinh Solanki and local
leaders were also present in the convention in the state