Nandyal, Gujarat: Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Sunday heaped praises on Chief Minister Narendra Modi, saying Gujarat's model of development is akin to that of China.
"Gujarat model has added new dimensions to development... Gujarat development model is better than any other state of the country," Jaitley told a massive poll gathering at Nandyal.
Gujarat, which has become a favoured destination for industrial investments, has inspired China to implement certain best practices from the state. China has already expressed a desire to document best practices in Surat and Rajkot and share the same with industries in their country.
"It is now a matter of few weeks before the people of Gujarat take part in the biggest festival of democracy. Results will silence critics. The new heights of development we have scaled would never have been possible without the political stability we have witnessed for more than a decade," the leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha underlined.
Inveighing the Congress, the noted lawyer said: "If the Congress wants Gujarat, they must wholeheartedly embrace politics of development rather than votebank politics. Till then, the people of Gujarat having known them so well will never give them a chance to enter our soil."
"The Congress can only boast about bofors on global platform... it can't even think of matching Modi in development," he noted.
He also blasted the Congress for malnutrition ad gaffe, saying, "They are a cheat and want to befool people... But Gujaratis are technologically sound and can check that the picture it used for a poll advertisement on malnutrition in the state was 'lifted' from a website of a Christian organiation depicting a Sri Lankan child."
Gujarat Congress' 'Join hands for change' advertisements, which appeared in some newspapers and posted on its website claims that 45 per cent of children in the state were malnourished. A photograph in the ad also showed a malnourished child in the arms of a woman.
The social media, however, went abuzz with claims that the picture of the skinny and malnourished baby was, in fact, a victim of flood in Sri Lanka which was lifted from the website of a Christan organisation called Amyand Park Chaple (amyand.com) with one pro-Bharatiya Janata Party.