Congress alleges Gujarat growth has declined under Modi's 'ill governance'
The Congress Party on Monday hit back at Gujarat Chief Minster Narendra Modi ahead of the assembly elections and alleged that the state's growth has declined under his ill governance.
Talking to reporters here, Arjun Modhwadia, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president said that the law and order situation is in shambles in the state with over 14,000 children going missing.
"Under the governance of Narendra Modi, crime against children has increased and almost 14,000 children have been reportedly missing. Nothing has been done in this regard. The police are busy promoting Modi's political ambitions and have sidelined the safety of the people of the state," said Modhwadia.
"The overall growth rate of the country has increased to 8.5 percent whereas the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of Gujarat has declined from 16 percent to 9.5 percent. Modi talks of double-digit growth and competition with countries like Germany. In states like Bihar the GDP growth is 14.5 percent. Gujarat is lagging behind in this regard," he added.
He said that over 57,000 industrial units that have been shut down in ten years under Modi's regime.
"Under the governance of the Congress Party, small and medium enterprises were given a lot of importance. We had established 180 industrial estates in the state. On the contrary, under Modi's governance only two industrial estates were established and more than 57,000 industries are not operating today due to his misgovernanace," said Modhwadia.
Modi is hoping for a third consecutive term in the state, on the basis of what he claims developmental work carried out by his government across the state.
Gujarat will go to the polls in two phases on December 13 and 17. The counting of votes will take place on December 20.