New Delhi, Apr 12 UNI | 3 months ago

Taking a swipe at Gujarat's development model being promoted by BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in his public meetings and rallies, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today said Mr Modi's Gujarat model is a model of crony capitalism.

''The so called Gujarat model is the model of crony capitalism. The reality of the Gujarat model is that only two to three industrialists are being favoured,'' Rahul said in an interview to a TV channel.

Without naming any industrial house, Mr Gandhi said land as big as Vadodara was given to one industrialist for just Rs 300 crore. He said a coastline as huge as the Mumbai coastline was given to the industrialist.

The Congress vice president said small industries like Amul were instrumental in development in Gujarat. However, Modi's Gujarat model favoured two to three industrialists only.

''For example, the textile industry in Gujarat has been almost finished.

The BJP sides with the industrial houses. It believes the poor will benefit from the trickle down effect. However, the Congress believes in uplift of the poor,'' Mr Gandhi said in an interview to Headlines Today.

While not denying the anti-incumbency factor against the UPA, Mr Gandhi said that the UPA development initiatives had lifted 15 crore people from the poverty line.

On opinion polls predicting a rout for the Congress, the party vice president said in 2004 and 2009 too, opinion polls had predicted a poor show by Congress but the result was quite different.

(Posted on 13-04-2014)