Campaigning for Congress party, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari today criticized Chief Minister Narendra Modi for giving false record on the development of the state, saying that the BJP leader has created "a bunch of crony capitalists."
The first phase of the Gujarat assembly polls will take place on December 13, while the second will be held on December 17. Counting of votes will take place on December 20.
Narendra Modi is seen as the strongest candidate of BJP during general elections, thanks to rapid growth and a perception of corruption-free governance in his state, which has five percent of India's population but contributes 16 percent to national industrial output.
Addressing a press briefing here, Tewari said: "The Modi government has distracted people by presented false figures on the state's development. If it is so then why Gujarat ranks eighth among Indian states in the Human Development Index."
The Congress leader also asked why the state of education is deplorable in the rural Gujarat and why the health care sector is collapsing here.
He said: "I want to ask the Modi government to explain why there is a debt of Rs 22000 crore on the head of every Gujarati. Why Gujarat's contribution in the national GDP growth has declined to fifth position, if it is the most progressive state in India.
"The Modi government has only favoured a bunch of crony capitalists. In the past eleven years, Modi government has only created a cuklt of crony capitalists in the name of development."
Tewari also criticized the BJP for running a false propaganda to fool people and attract investors in Gujarat.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi is scheduled to address a rally in poll-bound Gujarat on Monday.
According to reports, Gandhi will speak at a rally in Sidhpur in North Gujarat.
During her whirlwind tour of the state last week, Gandhi had sharpened her attack on Chief Minister Narendra Modi who is seeking a third consecutive term in office.
She had accused Modi and his BJP-led government of failing to meet the aspirations of the people of the state.
Rahul Gandhi is expected to campaign at Sanand, Jamnagar and Amreli in Gujarat this week. (ANI)