PM accuses Modi of divisive politics

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 09, 2012 17:22 hrs

Vansada, Gujarat, Dec 9 (IBNS): Entering the war zone of Gujarat assembly elections campaign, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said his party Congress was trying to united the society while the Opposition is out to divide it in the lines of caste and religion for political gains.

Taking a dig at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Singh at an election rally at Vansada in Navsari district said: "Congress always tried to knit the society and has never indulged in divisive politics."

He said the Opposition is trying to divide the society. He said politics based on caste and religion is bad for the country.

He also took on Modi on the development issue and said development in Gujarat is only for a few privileged people while large sections of people never got to enjoy the fruits of development and remained untouched by it.

He also called the infrastructure of education in Gujarat as poor.

On Friday Congress president Sonia Gandhi addressed two rallies in southern Gujarat.

She attacked chief minister Narendra Modi saying his government did not care for the poor and tribal people and no one knew where the developmental funds from the Centre were spent.

Speaking at Mandvi, Sonia said the UPA had given thousands of crores of loans to every state including Gujarat "but we do not know where it was spent."

"Congress always saw everyone as equal. But the Gujarat government has no concern for the poor," she said.

She said the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state was making hollow promises and there was no improvement in the living standard of the indigenous people despite tall promises.

She said the BJP governments at the Centre and the state did nothing to improve the life of forest and tribal people and did not pass any bill during their tenure that benefits these people though the same was drafted during the time of Congress.

Gujarat will vote in two phases on Dec 13 and 17.

The results will be declared on December 20.

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