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Modi's development model is pro corporate: Medha Patkar

October 28, 2013 19:34 IST

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Noted social activist Medha Patkar on Monday termed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's model of development as a "corporate model" where poor people have lost their land to big corporate houses.

"If its Modi model of Gujarat, then its corporate model. The people are fighting in every district of Gujarat where their land has been given to corporates. People are fighting in Narmada for their land," Patkar said at the sidelines of a function.

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Image: Narendra Modi (L) and Mukesh Ambani, attend a convocation ceremony at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in Gujarat.
Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters

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"Modi is the prime ministerial candidate of a national party, which is their (party's) right. But we Indians would like to have Gandhian model of economy and development in our country, which means production by masses and not mass production. Which means humane approach and justice to masses," she said.

Medha Patkar claimed that any industry desirous of project in Gujarat is being given land by "snatching" it away from the poor without caring for their rehabilitation.

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Patkar alleged that the Gujarat chief minister is spreading lies in public meetings over the Sardar Sarovar Project on Narmada river.

"Modi in two gatherings claimed that Maharastra and Madhya Pradesh is losing free electricity because the dam is not permitted to go ahead by 17 metres. It is actually not that. Nobody is getting free electricity from the Sardar Sarovar monstrous dams," said Patkar. 


Image: Narendra Modi with Ratan Tata.
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