‘Study your performance before criticising UPA’

Criticising Modi for his comments against UPA govt, state Congress said Modi should first study his govt`s report card before pointing fingers at UPA.

Ahmedabad: Criticising Gujarat CM Narendra Modi for his comments against UPA government, state Congress on Saturday said Modi should first study his government`s report card before pointing fingers at the UPA.

"Before pointing fingers at the Centre, Modi should study his government`s report card," Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Arjun Modhwadia said.

Modhwadia was referring to Modi`s speech in Mumbai yesterday, which he gave while addressing BJP workers after party`s two-day National Executive meeting, in which Modi had criticised the UPA government for inflicting "maximum damage" on the country`s federal structure. He had also opined that UPA government should not last "even a moment longer".

"In Gujarat, 45 per cent of children are victims of malnutrition, infant mortality rate (IMR) in Gujarat is high at 50 deaths per 1000 live births and Gujarat ranks seventh in IMR the country as and maternal mortality rate is 14.8 per cent per 1000," Modhwadia said.

"When this is the report card of Modi government, he went on to criticise the Centre on the issue of welfare of farmers, children and women," he further said.

During his speech Modi had compared the UPA government with tainted godman Nirmal Baba. Referring to this, Modhwadia said, "Modi can think only in terms of fraudsters, because he has taken shelter in controversial godmen like Asharam and swami Nityananda."

"In the last 10 years, he has not built a dam, farmers` application of electric connections have not been accepted in the dark zone by the state government," Modhwadia further said.

Referring to Modi`s criticism about petrol price hike, Modhwadia said his own government was siphoning off Rs 25 against collection of Rs 100 each in the name of VAT on petrol and diesel.

"We have requested this government to reduce the VAT on petrol for many times, but they have not done so, thereby increasing the burden on the people of the state," he further said.

"In Gujarat, price of CNG has been raised 35 times to the benefit of a few industrial houses, resulting in price of the commodity to rise from Rs 15 to Rs 55," Modhwadia said.
"As far as corruption is concerned, they said that in 17 scandals during the tenure of Modi more than Rs 1 lakh crore public money was siphoned off. Statutory body CAG detected bungling of Rs 45,000 crore," Modhwadia further said.
"To fulfill his own ambitions, he acts like an autocrat, he ruins others to create his bigger image," the state Congress chief alleged.