Enlisting his name in the process, CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat now questioned uniqueness of Gujarat development model. Addressing CPI(M) Brigade rally in Kolkata on Sunday, Feb 9, Karat said, "in Gujarat, only big business has gained, not the general people."
Karat was not the first one who slammed Modi for his claims over development model of the state which he has been leading for last one decade. Beginning from Congress leaders to AAP leaders -- all have targeted BJP's PM candidate over the same issue.
During Modi's regime in 2002, thousands of minorities were killed in riots
Speaking at the rally, Karat said, "What is Gujurat model? During Modi's regime in 2002, thousands of minorities were killed in riots. We have to fight against both Congress and BJP to establish an alternative government to pursue pro-people and secular alternative policies."
Karat, the general secretary of CPI(M), also expressed his concern for the people of West Bengal where Modi had asserted that BJP government at the centre and Trinamool Congress (TMC) government-led by Mamata Banerjee at the state would be the best for all. Karat claimed that both TMC and BJP might have been heading towards a coalition government which according to him would be a "disaster".
Karat said, "TMC was with BJP from 1998 to 2001, when its supremo Mamata Banerjee was the railway minister. She came out of the alliance. But after Modi became the Chief Minister of Gujarat, the party went back to the NDA and held the coal ministry portfolio."
"In 2009 and 2011, the TMC forged an alliance with the Congress and so time has again come for the party to enter into an alliance with BJP and NDA," he added.