Cong takes a dig at Modi, to release poll manifesto today

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New Delhi, Dec 4: A day after the Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, unveiled the BJP's poll manifesto on Monday for the high-profile assembly election later this month, it is time for the Congress to release its manifesto. The Congress had earlier promised affordable housing for urban women, free laptops for students, incentives to government employees and reduction of VAT on petrol and diesel if it was voted to power in the state. The Congress has not won in Gujarat ever since the BJP formed its first government in 1995.

On Monday, Modi had said that a neo-middle class had been on the rise in Gujarat owing to the development it had seen in the last one decade. He said the government wanted to address their issues and a committee would be formed to define the new social class. The Congress took a dig at Modi, asking why did not the state government undertake the task in the last 10 years.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said what the Gujarat CM said was peculiar. "It is someone saying I created the internet," he said. According to Tewari, it was the policy decisions of the UPA government that have helped the middle class in India prosper. The Congress leader said he could not understand what the Modi government was doing in the last 10 years and announced the housing scheme now.

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