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Narendra Modi in Gujarat Day 2 LIVE: PM says UPA government despised development, ignored health policy

8th October 2017   ·   0 Comments

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit his hometown Vadnagar in North Gujarat to inaugurate a Rs 500-crore civil hospital and a medical college.

Modi is also scheduled to dedicate the redeveloped Sharmistha Lake to the people and inaugurate other public works, including the facelift of the Vadnagar railway station, where he is once said to have sold tea as a school boy.

Modi on Saturday said Diwali had come early because of the relaxation in GST rules that brought some relief to small and medium businesses.

Modi sounded the poll bugle for the assembly elections to be conducted later this year in Gujarat by addressing a gathering in the temple town of Dwarka after laying the foundation stone for a four-lane signature bridge costing Rs 900 crore linking Dwarka with the island religious tourist centre of Bet Dwarka.

“Today, everywhere it is being said that Diwali has come 15 days ahead due to the decisions taken in the GST Council (on Friday). I am happy,” he said at the beginning of his two-day Gujarat visit.

Modi said the decision to relax the GST provisions for small traders, businessmen and exporters was in keeping with the Centre’s promise to review the working of the new tax regime from time-to-time.

“We had said we will study all aspects relating to GST for three months, including the shortcomings. And thus, the decisions were taken with consensus at the GST Council,” he said.

Accusing the previous UPA government at the centre of stalling development projects in Gujarat, Modi recalled the difficulties the state faced when the Congress ruled the country and he was the state chief minister.

“Despite my best efforts, I could not make them (UPA government) to wake up from their slumber,” said the prime minister.

Modi stressed that his government would continue giving priority to development by enhancing connectivity and took a dig at his critics, especially in the wake of a viral social media campaign “Development has gone crazy”, targeting his government.

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