Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi on Sunday accused Governor Kamla Beniwal of rejecting a bill
providing 50 per cent reservation to women in local government
bodies "despite being a woman herself`.
"I had decided that 50 per cent reservation to women in
local bodies` elections would help them. But the Governor
rejected the proposal and sent it back. This was despite she
being a woman herself," Modi said at a function in Mahatma
Gandhi`s birthplace Porbandar on his 142nd birth anniversary.
Modi said that the governor also rejected another
important bill that could have benefited thousands of middle
class families in the state.
"We had decided to regularise illegal constructions by
levying impact fee, but the governor rejected that bill too.
This bill could have solved problems of a number of middle
class people," Modi said.
The chief minister also took on the central government,
challenging it to compete with Gujarat in development, rather
than taking a path of conflict and maligning the state.
He said that Gujarat`s model of development and
governance is being hailed the world over and people`s
confidence in the government`s transparent policies, is
increasing by the day.
"Although Gujarat is a part of India, the Congressmen,
particularly at the Centre, pounce upon Gujarat, envious of
its progress. It is time for the people of Gujarat to identify
the foes of Gujarat," Modi said.
On the occasion, Modi released the Braille edition of his
book titled `Premteerth` for the visually-challenged that has
been translated by Mahendrabhai Mehta.