Mumbai, Mar 4: Tearing into Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the Maharashtra Congress on Monday said that the speech made by him at the BJP's national council meeting in Delhi was devoid of facts. Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) said that Modi's claims that Gujarat had succeeded in checking the leakages in the Gujarat Electricity Board and making it a profit-making unit were false.
"The fact is quite different. A team of Paschim Gujarat Veej Company Ltd. (PGVCL) and Gujarat Western Zone Company, headed by J B Parekh, Chief Engineer (Material) PGVCL, visited Maharashtra's power distribution utility Mahavitarans's franchise in Bhiwandi near Mumbai, to study the revenue collections efficiency model," MPCC spokesperson Sachin Sawant said in a release.
He claimed that the Gujarat team sought Mahavitaran's help in replicating the model in its loss making area in Western Gujarat. "It is not Gujarat but Maharashtra which has created a model which should be emulated by all other states including those ruled by BJP," Sawant said. He said Maharashtra has increased the revenue collection efficiency from 60 per cent in 2007 to 98-99 per cent and reduced the distribution loss from 44 per cent to 17-18 per cent in 2012.
"Modi further said in his speech that BJP-ruled Chhatisgarh government has created a model for tribal development and rest of the nation, specially Congress-ruled states as well as Central government, should follow this model. Modi should practice what he preaches. 50 per cent of the Gujarat population faces the problem of malnutrition whereas 61 per cent of tribal population in Gujarat is malnourished," he said.
Taking a dig at Modi, the spokesperson said that his propaganda on development could best be equated with Goebbels, the favourite minister of Hitler. "Modi also expressed pleasure at the fact that his model of development is being compared with developed country like West Germany. He is quite mistaken. It is not the development model but Modi's style of propaganda is being compared with Goebbels, the favourite Minister of Hitler," Sawant added.