Chidambaram: Modi seeped in Gujarat still Print
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altJPNN| Mumbai | Oct 11, 2014|Narendra Modi today came in for stinging criticism from Congress for his penchant for hard selling 'Gujarat model of development' as Prime Minister with former Finance Minister P Chidambaram saying "he thinks of himself as PM of Gujarat". "He can't take Gujarat out of him. He can't cease to be PM.So he has struck a balance by thinking of himself as PM of Gujarat. I think he is still torn between being CM of Gujarat and PM of India. I think he has settled to become PM of Gujarat," Chidambaram told reporters.

The senior Congress leader said Modi was still in "pre-May 26 mode" and was campaigning for Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana as if he were the Chief Minister of Gujarat. "He is no longer CM of Gujarat but PM of India. Therefore, people are entitled to ask what has been accomplished in the last 120 days in office," Chidambaram said. He also ridiculed Modi and other BJP leaders over their claim that Gujarat was ahead of Maharashtra in terms of development. "There is nothing to support the claim that Gujarat is better than Maharashtra. There is no question that Maharashtra is the leading industrial state in India. It attracts the largest amount of domestic and foreign investment. "It is churlish and uncharitable for anyone to denigrate Maharashtra. To say that nothing happened in Maharashtra in last so many years is rubbish," Chidambaram said, adding it was "unfortunate that someone comes and tries to sell the 'Gujarat model' in Maharashtra". Chidambaram claimed the Modi government was continuing many of the UPA government's schemes after renaming them. "We had the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan. They have renamed it as Swachh Bharat campaign. We had launched a no frills account, also called zero bank balance account scheme, which they have renamed as PM Jan dhan scheme," he said. "We launched a skill development programme and appointed S Ramadorai as the Chairman of National Skill Development Agency. The Modi government has renamed it and launched it as Skill India programme," Chidambaram said, adding he was yet to see any new programmes from the Modi government. As cyclonic storm 'Hudhud' was fast approaching Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts, Chidambaram said the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had no members after they were asked to resign by the new government. New members should have been appointed to ensure prompt response to natural calamities like cyclones and floods, he said. Agency

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