Congress dares Narendra Modi for open debate on 'injustice' to Gujarat

Congress challenged Modi for an open debate on his charge that Centre has been doing injustice to the state.

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A day after it accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of making wild allegations to divert attention from real issues in the poll-bound state, the state Congress on Monday challenged Modi for an open debate on his charge that Centre has been doing injustice to the state.

"If he (Modi) has the courage, he should have an open debate with leaders of Gujarat Congress on his allegations that Centre has discriminated against Gujarat," the state unit Congress president Arjun Modhwadia told reporters.

"The subject of the debate should be the Central assistance given to the state by the erstwhile NDA government and that by the UPA government," he said.

"If he (Modi) is afraid of public debate, he should summon a session of state assembly to discuss the issue," Modhwadia added.

The sharp rebuke from Congress came in the wake of Modi terming the Congress as a "sinking ship" while lashing out at the UPA government at Centre during the state party executive held in Rajkot yesterday.

The executive also passed a resolution saying the Centre was adopting step motherly treatment to the state.

Presenting facts and figures in support of his claim, Modhwadia said the UPA government had given more funds to Gujarat in comparison to the NDA government where MP from Gujarat, LK Advani was the home minister.

"Modi was using such inappropriate language against UPA government to divert attention of people from the revolt and internal bickering that has been faced by the party," he alleged.

The person who is behaving as a 'sultan' of Gujarat is terming the central government as 'Delhi Sultanate', which is cheap, Modhwadia said.

The Gujarat Congress president has yesterday termed Modi as a "political terrorist".

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