9.57 8.01 6.22 5.29 5.03
piece by market watchers Sonali Ranade and Shaelja Sharma examined the progress made by Modi’s Gujarat and came out with startling facts. In their report (see box for Planning Commission figures) they stated:
“From 1981 through to 1998, Gujarat was the top performing state in terms of economic growth, much before Modi took over as CM in October 2001. In the period ’91 to ’98, over seven years, Gujarat’s growth rate was 9.57 percent, a good 156 basis points over its nearest rival, Maharashtra. Over the 10 years that Modi has been at the helm, Maharashtra has closed the gap from 156 basis points to just 38 basis points. The other large states have done even better relative to Gujarat under Modi in closing the gap. Hence, three points need to be kept in mind. whom belong to the Leuva and Kadva Patel communities. These voters are now being wooed by Keshubhai.
Villages in Saurashtra and northern Gujarat are a glaring example of apathy. Mohan Solanki, a farmer in Junagadh, launches a scathing attack on Modi: “I don’t travel by international flights. So I guess I don’t know about development… There is a rage among farmers about the jantri prices (minimum price at which land is sold). Farmers across Rajkot, Amreli and Junagadh were asked to sell their surplus land at jantri rates. The government then declared them Special Economic Zones and the rates went up 10 times. Now we can’t afford our own land. So, is this development?”
A recent survey gave Keshubhai just one seat, but a close look at the 40-odd seats in Amreli, Junagadh and Rajkot shows a clear shift in the attitude of farmers as they come out in huge numbers to the BJP rebel’s meetings. “The cadres are with him,” says a VHP insider. “they will galvanise the farmers to vote for Keshubhai.”