Gandhinagar : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday trashed the Modi model of development in Gujarat stating that it benefited only industrialists like Ambanis and Adanis and neither the farmer nor the ‘aam aadmi’.

Kejriwal was speaking at a place near the commercial hub of Gandhidham in Kutch district of Gujarat on the second day of his four- day tour of the state to assess for himself Narendra Modi’s claim of unparalleled development. The AAP convener was quick to pass verdict terming the BJP prime ministerial candidate’s claim as nothing but hogwash (bakwas).

The AAP leader who was briefly detained at Radhanpur, faced black flag demonstrations and an attack on his car yesterday said that his meeting with villagers near Mundra in Kutch had brought out the fact that the government had paid Rs 90,000 per acre to acquire land with a market value of anywhere between Rs 50 lakhs to a crore per acre.Mundra is the location of Adani’s showpiece private port and Special Economic Zone(SEZ). ”What is it, if not the anti-farmer policy of this government where land is doled out to the Adani’s for merely one or two rupees per acre after depriving the farmer of his precious agricultural wealth”, he added.

Kejriwal charged that the Modi government was facilitating big business at the cost of the common man and farmers and pointed out that it seems that the land of the entire state is up for sale. ”There is a clear cut nexus between the present government in Gujarat and big business.

Referring to the Wednesday attack on his car by unidentified persons, the former Delhi chief minister said, “We welcome everybody, even those who have attacked us. They don’t know the reality. Gradually as they understand, and they too will join us.” The AAP leader who also met with farmers from Punjab settled in Abdasa taluka of Kutch district. ”The state government first invited these farmers to settle down in Kutch in the aftermath of the 1965 war with Pakistan,even gave them land to till. The Modi government, however froze their agricultural land holdings and after the farmers won in the High Court is now fighting against them in the Supreme Court”.

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