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CM’s growth jibe at Modi

- Hemant no to ‘dangerous’ Gujarat model

Dumka, Dec. 2: Chief minister Hemant Soren today slammed BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who will arrive in Jharkhand in the last week of December.

Hemant said the much-hyped Gujarat model of development was dangerous for the state’s harmony.

“We can’t adopt the Gujarat model for Jharkhand where different communities have been residing in harmony for ages. Our growth path is different (from that of Gujarat). We want sustainable development to ensure people live together,” he said, in a veiled attack on Modi.

Hemant was addressing a party workers’ meeting organised by the JMM town committee at Sido-Kanhu Chowk in Dumka.

The chief minister further said he (read JMM) believed in taking everyone along, and not in dividing the society.

Notably, Modi is scheduled to address a rally in Ranchi on December 29, besides a massive meeting in Dumka. The date for Dumka event, however, is yet to be finalised.

He also took a dig at Asaram Bapu who is facing a sexual harassment probe. “I don’t want to criticise…, but many saints and priests have misled the country. It is necessary to be vigilant all the time,” he said, targeting a section of priests who believed to have been supporting the BJP on its Hindutwa.

Also, the chief minister used the event to strike a chord with the residents of Dumka.