Gujarat model or self-awarded medal, Sibal taunts Modi

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Kolkata, July 26: Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday said that Narendra Modi's Gujarat model of development is not a model but a 'self-awarded' medal. He continued to take potshots at Modi saying the latter was more selling dreams than giving results.

Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Indian Chamber of Commerce here, Sibal said he would like to know what is the Gujarat model. "It's a Gujarat medal or Gujarat model," he asked.


The Union minister asked what is Modi's economic model for coal and power. He said it's easy to sell a dream to the poor but not deliver. He said the GDP of the state remains high but the state continues to lag behind on social issues like education and health.

Sibal said whether Modi, whom he described as "the man who wishes to become Prime Minister", had ever spoken on educational reforms or gas prices or power sector. He said no debate ever takes place on such issues in India.

Sibal also defended the UPA government's policies on the occasion, saying the huge population and diversity in the nation made policy-making a big task. He said the Opposition has always criticised the UPA's policies in the last ten years, but never put forward any alternative vision.

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