Didn’t issue ad in Bihar dailies: Gujarat govt
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Last Updated: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 20:41
  
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government Saturday said it did not issue the advertisement, that appeared in Bihar dailies bearing photos of Chief Minister Narendra Modi with his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar, which raised a political storm in the NDA fold.

"We have nothing to do with the advertisement that has appeared today. As per our knowledge the advertisement has been issued by people from Bihar who have migrated to Gujarat," state Health Minister and government spokesperson Jaynarayan Vyas said today.

Kumar has taken a strong exception to the advertisement and as a reaction also cancelled a dinner organised for the BJP top brass tonight.

In a reply to a question on content of advertisements, Vyas said, "As the state government has not given this advertisements, we have nothing to say on its content."

Meanwhile, Bihar origin textile businessman from Surat Vinod Paliwal claimed, "We are a group of six to seven businessmen from Bihar and we have issued the advertisements in good faith.

"We have released the advertisements in Bihar newspapers with the simple intention of welcoming Modi, who is visiting that state for the first time after becoming the chief minister of Gujarat," Paliwal said.

"We also wish to clarify that there is absolutely no motive other than showcasing the development and growth of both the states under leaderships of both the chief ministers," Paliwal further said.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 20:41


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