Cong launches belated attack on Gujarat CM

Waking up late to the Modi challenge, the Congress on Friday launched a point-by-point rebuttal of the BJP leader’s vision to put the ailing economy back on track.

In a belated attack, the Congress fielded Commerce Minister Anand Sharma to puncture Modi’s claims of development in Gujarat and his plans for reviving the economy.

“I heard Modi’s speech with utmost care. He spoke of the need to focus on five Ts – Tradition, Talent, Tourism, Technology and Trade. The UPA has been doing this all along for the last 10 years.

Sharma said he thought the BJP leader would shed some new light on increasing trade and kick-starting the economy but all he offered was repackaging of UPA initiatives.

On the much talked about focus on the manufacturing sector, the minister said the UPA had unveiled a new manufacturing policy last year with an aim to create 10 lakh jobs and has even notified their creation in 16 new cities.

He said the UPA has also started work in developing industrial corridors to boost business.

“But the problem is Modi does not do his homework before addressing rallies,” Sharma said.

With Modi launching an aggressive campaign, the Congress had reshuffled its media team and inducted senior ministers P Chidambaram, Anand Sharma, Salman Khurshid, Mukul Wasnik, Ghulam Nabi Azad as senior spokespersons in January.

“The Congress is neither scared, nor can it be intimidated. The Congress is ready for the battle. We have seen many ups and downs,” Sharma said.

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