PMO counters Modi, JD-U slams him

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Tuesday countered Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s charge of discrimination against non-Congress-ruled states while the BJP’s ally JD-U said Modi is desperate to become the prime minister.

“The centre has allocated funds to states according to mutually agreed formula for ‘economic justice’,” the PMO said on Twitter.

“Most developing states have improved their GDP growth during the last five-year plan. States that used to grow slowly in earlier periods have done much better,” it said.

While addressing a meeting of entrepreneurs and businessmen in Kolkata, Modi accused the UPA government of discriminating against non-Congress-ruled states.

“Defying the constitution, the UPA government has been constantly discriminating between states ruled by the parties in the UPA coalition and those run by non-UPA parties,” Modi said.

Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Shivanand Tiwari slammed Modi.

“Modi is desperate to become prime minister. He has already accepted that he is a prime ministerial candidate of the BJP though the party has said the decision will be taken by its parliamentary board,” Tiwari told reporters here.

Tiwari hit out at Modi for his comment that states like Bihar should adopt the Gujarat model of development and asked him to learn from the Bihar model.

“Narendra Modi is talking like the next prime minister, he is talking about his manifesto as prime minister and most important thing in that manifesto is the Gujarat model. However, what we and the people of Bihar believe is that ours is an ideal model, because it is an inclusive model. It aims to bring the downtrodden to the mainstream,” said Tiwari.

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