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On the evening of 15th August 2012, Shri Narendra Modi took on the Congress and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh head on for their anti-development approach both in the state and the nation and said that if the Congress had its way, it would take Gujarat back to the 18th century. Shri Modi was speaking at the dedication of walkway and water rides at the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad.
The Chief Minister reminded the people that even before the inauguration, the Sabarmati Riverfront has won several awards and accolades but that has not prevented those defaming Gujarat to go on and on with their sole agenda of defaming the state and its people.
Shri Modi shared that earlier the Sabarmati was full of slums and a den for all sorts of illegal activities. Thus, the Government acted swiftly, did the relevant surveys along with plans for rehabilitation but that did not impress the Congress, which assumed the mantle of throwing bones during auspicious ‘Havans’ (religious ceremonies), Shri Modi said as the audience clapped loudly.
The Chief Minister affirmed that the Congress not only used the media but also went to the Courts and left no stone unturned to stall the project. Just so that Riverfront does not become a reality the Congress went to Courts over a dozen times. Even in the allocation of houses the Congress created all obstacles possible even arguing that the new houses being built were not fit to reside in, Shri Modi stated in an attempt to bring out the tactics of the Congress. He further punctured the double standards of the Congress by saying that the Gujarat Congress may have opposed the project but HUDCO, which comes under the Centre, has awarded the initiatives of the project.
Shri Modi attributed such actions to the mentality of the Congress that always believed in throwing crumbs at the people for self-gains rather than concrete development. He referred a Congress advertisement that says that we do not want roads, schools, industry merely half a ‘chapatti’ would suffice. He questioned this anti-development mindset of the Congress and exclaimed that the Congress has all the ingredients to take Gujarat back to the 18th century, as the audience applauded in endorsement.
Furthermore, Shri Modi pointed out that what the Congress is saying in Gujarat is diametrically opposite to what the Prime Minister said on Independence Day questioning whether they are anti their own party leader and Prime Minister? He also asked the Prime Minister what happened to the Congress promises of bringing down prices in 100 days and generating more jobs for the nation.
There were large numbers of people present on the occasion, who had come to enjoy the breathtaking landscape changes on the banks of the Sabarmati.