Modi accuses Guv of obstructing Women's Bill

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.