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Digvijay Singh claims he has never seen so much money being spent in an election

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 - 4:59pm IST | Place: Hyderabad | Agency: PTI

Digvijay Singh said he has never seen so much of money being spent in any election campaign as the ongoing one.

"And it's now obvious that the corporates have opened their coffers personally to Narendra Modi. Why? Because Narendra Modi symbolises crony capitalism where the capitalists have been given a free run at the expense of labourers and farmers in Gujarat," he said.

Singh claimed that highest number of man-days lost in any industry in any state is in Gujarat, where there has been maximum labour unrest and even in the diamond-cutting industry which is the traditional trade, there has been a lay-off. "So, whatever people may say about the Gujarat model of development, it is a development for the haves at the cost of the have nots."

Asked if preventing Modi from becoming Prime Minister is the prime objective of the Congress now, Singh said, "Modi is not an issue with us. Issue is ideology. Whether we want an ideology which supports capitalists in this country...which sort of gives away the natural resources at throwaway prices to capitalists. Should we have this kind of government which is in the lap of corporates and capitalists? "Or you want a government which is pragmatic and is not anti-corporate but at the same time pro-poor. We want the corporates to grow, we want the business houses to grow but there has to be transparency and a level-playing field for all."

Singh admitted that the Congress has not been able to communicate effectively the gains during the UPA regime and counter the "false propaganda" of the BJP on issues such as 2G, coal blocks and inflation.
Media has been extremely soft on BJP and extremely hard on Congress party as far as issues of corruption are concerned, he argued.

"When B S Yeddyurappa was taken back into the BJP, there was hardly any noise. Even when the crony of Reddy brothers (B Sriramulu) was brought in (to BJP) there was hardly any noise. Ashok Chavan (former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Congress leader) has not been prosecuted and he has not been charge-sheeted. He was given a seat and there was a big noise," Singh said. 

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