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Modi brought level of political debate to lowest ebb: Sharma

Last Updated: Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 23:12

Shimla: Union minister Anand Sharma on Sunday came down heavily on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi saying he had brought the level of political debate to the "lowest ebb" and has become a "national embarrassment".
The Union minister for Commerce and Industry, while reacting to Modi`s address in Chhattisgarh from a replica of Red Fort, said people of India will never give him a chance to address the nation from Red Fort.

"Unfortunately for Modi, people of India will never give him a chance to address the country from Red Fort and he would have to satiate his desire by addressing people from replicas of Red Fort," Sharma said.

He said,"We cannot lower our level to that of Modi. Will not reply him in the same tone but people of the country would give a befitting reply to him and his party".

Tearing into Modi`s claims of Gujarat`s development, the Union minister said, Modi is "befooling" people by boasting about his Gujarat model of development.

Claiming that Gujarat model of development was a "flop", Sharma said that Gujarat was the most indebted state with highest number of malnutrition children, highest post middle dropout rate.

"The boastful claims of investment of billions of rupees coming to Gujarat made by Modi at various conclave were false and misleading," he said.

Quoting RBI figures, Sharma said the total FDI that came into the country between 2000 to 2013 was $296 billion and out of which the FDI investment in Gujarat was a meagre $8.5 billion, "which is far below the claims of Modi".

Referring to increasing foreign trade deficit and falling value of rupee, Sharma said that "the situation was concerning but it is rubbish to compare it with 1991".

The import of oil and gold are major sectors adding to trade deficit and there would be no deficit if the oil prices reversed to 42-45 dollars per barrel as in the past, Sharma observed.

Ruling out early Lok Sabha polls, Sharma said that "the UPA government will complete its full term and the elections would be held on schedule."

The Congress party with a battery of senior and established leaders would contest the polls on policies, programmes, achievements and performance and will get the support of the people, he claimed.


First Published: Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 23:12

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