Cong provides reality check for Modi, lists Gujarat projects since Nehru

Cong provides reality check for Modi, lists Gujarat projects since Nehru

The Congress on Monday injected a strong dose of reality check to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi's emotional appeal to the voters of Gujarat projecting himself as the 'son of the soil' who made it big nationally.

Picking up on Modi's remarks that the Congress did nothing for Gujarat, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma listed out a string of initiatives taken by successive governments, beginning with first prime minister Jawaharal Nehru, for the development of the state.

"The prime minister is a victim of an unhealthy mind, which is a matter of national concern. If a person believes that the world came into existence only after he came to power, then it is our duty to tell him the reality," he told reporters here.

Sharma also rejected Modi's charge of dynastic politics against the Congress. "The last time a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family took oath of high office was in January 1985 when Rajiv Gandhi was sworn in as prime minister. That was 32-33 years ago. Now, 26 years have passed since Rajiv Gandhi's assassination," the Congress leader recalled.

Sharma said even during the 10-year UPA rule, Rahul Gandhi was an elected member of the Lok Sabha. "But he did not become part of the government despite several requests by the then prime minister," he said.

On poor origins

Hitting back at the prime minister for referring to his poor origins, Sharma said Modi "has forgotten" that the Congress gave prime ministers such as Lal Bahadur Shastri and Manmohan Singh, who came from a humble background.

He condemned Modi's claims that the Congress and Nehru did nothing for Gujarat and alleged that such a campaign reflected the BJP's frustration due to its "impending defeat" in the Assembly elections.

Sharma cited several projects initiated by Nehru in Gujarat such as the Amul cooperative movement, establishment of IIM Ahmedabad, National Institute of Design, developing Gandhinagar as the state's capital, ONGC complex at Ankleswar and building of ports at Kandla and Dahej.

"The NDA, during its time, has built only one airport at Dholera where the runway also does not function properly," the former union minister said.

Sharma said the Congress was capable of showing the reality to the voters and will set the record straight whenever the BJP tried to mislead them.

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