Narendra Modi’s Gujarat report card is flawed if link to a blog posted by Digvijaya Singh on Twitter is to be believed. ‘The Pristine Canvas’, a blog hosted by blogspot.co.uk has a series of articles on other issues related to the BJP.
This particular blog post is a dense report which claims to have led to a ‘shift of ideologies’ in people when this author offered them “rationale reasons which clears the myth” about Narendra Modi’s Gujarat.
The author of the post first points out the problem with the rate of economic growth in Gujarat- Gujarat was third behind Uttarakhand and Haryana in the time period 2001-2010, he says. Even backward states such as Bihar and Orissa posted an impressive rate of growth in the same time-period, he adds.
He has also pointed out the dismal rate of industrial growth in Gujarat during 2001-04 where Orissa grew at 6.4% and Gujarat at a 3.95%.
May like to see the new PM in waiting’s report card and the much hyped Gujarat Model of Development. http://t.co/sHU1Hhdjw0
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) September 16, 2013
He also questions Gujarat’s FDI record during 2006-2010 where it signed MoUs worth Rs 5.35 lakh crore with potential of 6.47 lakh jobs. He says “Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu with Rs 4.20 lakh crore and Rs 1.63 lakh crore worth MoUs, expect about 8.63 lakh and 13.09 lakh jobs”.
He has also questioned Gujarat’s record on inclusive growth.” Narendra Modi’s Gujarat, with 31.8% people below the poverty line did better than Maharashtra and Karnataka, (but) it still lagged behind Kerala, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, where poverty levels were 19.7%, 20.9%, 22.9% and 24.1%, respectively. On three important social indicators, viz life expectancy at birth (LEB), mean years of schooling (MYS) and school life expectancy (SLE), Gujarat is far behind some other states.”
In the end he invokes a BBC headline, ‘Controversial Hindu Nationalist Politician to lead Opposition in Indian Vote’ and asks people to take a call accordingly.