Congress eroded institution of democracy: Narendra Modi

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Narendra Modi
Ahmedabad, Nov 24: The political stability Gujarat has witnessed for over a decade is a manifestation of the vision and farsightedness of people of the state, Chief Minister Narendra Modi said today.

Hailing Gujaratis for repeatedly reposing their faith in development over everything else, the CM noted in his latest blog that without political stability the state would not have been able to scale new heights of development.

"Many of you must have seen the Gujarat where Governments did not last for long and there would be frequent games of musical chairs to capture power. All that is history now. The coherence as well as consistency in policy making has benefitted the people immensely," he wrote.

Modi said that in the last 11 years the government led by him "instilled a robust faith among the people in the political system and the institution of democracy, after it was systematically eroded by years of Congress rule in the decades after Independence."

He cited a statement of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi to emphasize the above point. The latter had rued that "by the time a Rupee reaches the village, it becomes 15 paisa!"

The CM pointed out that when Rajiv Gandhi made the comment, "the Congress party's foothold in the nation's politics was complete- from the Panchayat till the Parliament they were everywhere ..."

Slamming the party, Modi said that "the Congress is an expert at listing problems" but it fails to provide the solutions for the same.

"Today, I am very proud of the fact that if a rupee leaves Gandhinagar, every single paisa reaches the intended beneficiary. Middlemen have long been reduced to a state of unemployment in Gujarat! This is just one of the reasons why people have developed immense faith in the system; with the same rules, same set up Gujarat has shown how it is possible to bring about a qualitative change in the life of the common man," the CM said.

"The BJP is forever committed towards politics for development whereas the Congress is a dyed in the wool exponent of votebank politics," he added.  

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