BJP MLA from Surat, Purnesh Modi, earlier claimed that Gujarat is number one in the entire country in providing employment due to the efforts of former chief minister Narendra Modi.

During his speech in the Gujarat Assembly, the Surat MLA claimed that Gujarat has an employment rate of 72 percent, which is the highest in India.
    
Gohil, however, lambasted his claim and said ‘there are more than 7.50 lakh registered unemployed in the state’.

“This government talks about employment through skill development. However, there are more than 7.50 lakh registered unemployed in the state,” he said.
    
Gohil also mentioned a recently alleged recruitment scam for the post of village officials, in which the Gandhinagar police arrested a tuition class owner for allegedly taking huge money from several aspirants by promising to help them clear the entrance exam.

Gohil claimed that a BJP leader is behind the whole racket.
    
"Police investigation revealed that BJP leader Nandlal Patel was behind the racket. Though he openly shared the dais with other BJP leaders in the recently concluded Krishi Mahotsav, police claim that he is still absconding and could not be traced. It shows that the real culprits have deep connections in the BJP," he claimed.
    
Gohil also alleged that the BJP-led government in Gujarat favours corporate houses and neglects small entrepreneurs, youth, farmers and the middle class.

Citing the case of land allocation to Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Gohil claimed that the company had demanded more than 20 lakh square metres of land in 2007 at various places, including Hazira-Surat.

"The state level valuation committee finalised the price at Rs 2,800 per square metres, but Narendra Modi government gave away the land at only Rs 700 per square metre," he alleged.

"Similarly, the Gujarat government regularized encroachment on 7,24,897 square metres of land by Essar in Surat during 2009. The valuation committee had fixed Rs 2,020 per square metres for regularisation, besides a penalty, but Modi government charged only Rs 700 per square metres. I see a scandal of Rs 238.50 crore in it," Gohil said.

(Agencies)

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