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Modi's 'India First' slogan means India for the corporate: Brinda Karat
Sunday October 6, 2013 0:09 AM, Agencies

After the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) lambasted working of Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) in Gujarat, Congress and other parties are now openly questioning the much publicised 'Gujarat Model' and Narendra Modi's tall claims on development in his home state.

"With the spectacles he sees, Narendra Modi cannot see poverty. His slogan of 'India First' is India for the corporate. The CAG report has exposed the truth. In Gujarat, manual scavengers are forced to lift human excreta with their hands. He adds injury by saying it is a spiritual task", senior CPI-M leader Brinda Karat said while talking to NDTV.

"Can Narendra Modi not see that? He talks about toilets in the nation; the situation in the state is more pathetic", she said.

Janata Dal (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari too criticised Modi and his style of governance. "BJP projects Gujarat as a temple of development and Narendra Modi as the God of development. and on this projection, they have decided to nominate him for the Prime Minister's position. The CAG report reveals the impurity of both that temple and that God. Every third child is underweight in Gujarat", he said.

Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi said, "The talks of the Gujarat model are quite funny because as we have been saying for very long, and as all indicators show, the Human Development Index is extremely low and that Gujarat is not faring well."

The BJP however is still defending Narendra Modi and his Gujarat Model, and is instead questioning the very contents of the CAG report.

"Congress shows everything in Gujarat in a bad sense. There is holistic development in the state. What is in the report will be evaluated", said BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

The CAG in its report, which was tabled in the state Assembly Friday said, "Though there were 223.16 lakh eligible beneficiaries under Supplementary Nutrition (SN) programme under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), 63.37 lakh beneficiaries were left out."

"As against the target of 300 nutrition days annually, shortfall in providing SN was up to 96 days. Every third child in the state was reported as underweight. Shortfall of 27 per cent to 48 per cent was noticed in the implementation of nutrition programme for adolescent girls," the report said.

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