`Guj dream business destination, national scenario depressing`

Showering praises on Gujarat CM Narendra Modi for making the state a dream destination for entrepreneurs, senior BJP leader LK Advani said the national scenario was "really depressing".

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2011, 18:06 PM IST

New Delhi: Showering praises on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for making the state a dream destination for entrepreneurs, senior BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday said the national scenario was "really depressing".

Advani said "the achievements" in Gujarat have a lot to do with Modi`s "astounding success" in making the state`s administration effectively curb red tape and corruption.

"On the national level, the scene is really depressing," he said in his blog referring to a recent report titled "India slips to No 87 in Transparency Corruption Index" and incidents of corruption hitting the nation.

"Our country has come to be known all over the world as among the most corrupt countries of the world," he said in the blog written in the context of Republic Day.
Advani also referred to the issue of food inflation and fuel price hike that has caused "extreme distress and depression" to the people.

"In contrast one feels proud to hear the reports that have been coming from Gujarat lately," the veteran BJP leader said.

He said that Modi could successfully attract entrepreneurs, Indian as well as foreign "very naturally" to Gujarat.
"Since 2003, every alternate year, Gujarat has been holding a Vibrant Gujarat programme. Four programmes have been held till now?in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009.

"This year`s Vibrant Gujarat attracted 101 countries, and about 1400 foreign delegates. MoUs worth 21 billion dollars, that is, roughly, one third of India`s GDP were signed in two days flat," Advani wrote in his blog.

PTI