Sangli, Apr 2 UNI | 4 months ago

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today again challenged BJP's prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for an open debate on his claim of development in various fields between the two states.

Addressing an election rally held for Congress candidate and Union Minister for State for Coal Pratik Patil late this evening near memorial of former Chief Minister late Vasantdada Patil, Mr Chavan said he had already challenged Mr Modi for a debate on progress in various fields in both states, but pointed out that Mr Modi has not accepted his challenge for debate so far.

'We are ready to give latest statistics of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on progress of our state in various fields. We have progressed ten-fold than Gujarat in past 54 years,' he said.

Mr Chavan further said in the field of technology, Maharashtra has exported about Rs 49,000 crore of software to various countries.

'Our state was way ahead than Gujarat in literacy, human valuation, poverty eradication and others. The entire world has lauded our model of development in various fields,' he said and appealed to the workers to apprise the people about real statistics between the two states in this election.

He recalled the rule of Shiv Sena-BJP alliance's government in state in 1990s, and said people were so fed up of this government that they again handed over the power back to the Congress-led front.

Mr Chavan asked the Congress-NCP workers to campaign unitedly for the combine's candidates and appealed to people not to allow Mahayuti's candidates win power in the state.

State minisers R R Patil, Patangrao Kadam and Jayant Patil among others also spoke on this occasion.

(Posted on 03-04-2014)