Kolkata: Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal taking a dig at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said that the state’s model of development is not a model but a ‘self-awarded’ medal. He also said that the Gujarat CM is selling a dream, which has no prospect of yielding or delivering results.
"What is the Gujarat model? I would like to know. It’s a Gujarat medal or Gujarat model? Give yourself a medal and call it a model," Sibal said at the annual general meeting of the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Kolkata.
"Will Modi tell us what is his economic model for coal and power? It’s easy to sell a dream. You tell a poor man that I will build a castle, he will buy your dream, because dreams are meant to be bought, but you cannot deliver," he said.
Stating that three of the biggest industrial houses are in Gujarat, he said, "The GDP of Gujarat will always be higher. But if we look at the social indicators of education and health, it is still very poor."
The Union Minister further said, "Did the man who wishes to become Prime Minister of this country ever talk about educational reforms? Has he ever given a view of that? Has he spoken on gas prices? Has he talked about policies for power sector? We have no debate in this country on these issues."
Defending the UPA government's policies, he admitted that the population and the diversity of this nation made policy-making a big challenge for the government. Sibal said that in the last ten years, the Opposition has always questioned the policies of the UPA government without putting forward any alternative model.


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