Ahmedabad, Nov 29 (UNI) The Gujarat Government wants ''tension to prevail and recur'', but the strong desire of people for peace has forced it to put down its arms, Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal today said.
Addressing mediapersons here today, Mr Jaiswal said the present dispensation talked about achieving progress in the state.
but, the progress should actually be credited to the people's efforts.
Describing the Gujarat Assembly elections as ''Maha Yagna'', Mr Jaiswal said people would vote to cleanse the state and bring an end to a ''violent'' government.
People want to see the state progressing on all fronts -- economic, social and spiritual. If the State Government had met these aspirations, Gujarat would have been the number one state in the country today, he added.
If Gujarat's growth rate is compared with Maharashtra, Karnataka or Tamil Nadu it is far behind these states he said, and added that all the states were provided with central funds for ''Sadak, Bijli and Pani'', and the states which used the funds prudently and fully were much ahead of Gujarat.
People of Gujarat are tension-ridden. If this tension is removed, then Gujarat can become India's topmost state, he said adding, ''a Tension-free Gujarat can reach to the pinnacle of glory.'' Those who want Gujarat to be tension-ridden so that the vote bank swings to their fold are enemies of the state as they are thwarting the progress, he said.