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Ahmedabad: In a scathing attack aimed at the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat, senior Congress leader and political secretary to AICC president Sonia Gandhi, Ahmed Patel warned the bureaucrats in Gujarat not to "act like BJP workers" in the state, reports The Asian Age.


"Do your job as you are supposed to, instead of behaving like workers of a political party,"  the leading English daily quoted Ahmad Patel as saying.


"Narendra Modi", Patel said, "Is simply converting Central schemes into state schemes. He is showcasing Central projects as his and trying to cheaply take credit for all the good work being done by the Centre."


"All for cheap publicity,", he said. "These characters do not have shame to compare themselves with Gandhi and Sardar," he said.


"Know such people who claim to be your well-wishers. They were no where in the forefront when India fought for independence and now also they are no where when it comes to genuine welfare of the underprivileged," Patel told a massive tribal convention at Haripura.

Haripura in south Gujarat had hosted the Congress convention in 1938 where poverty and illiteracy were defined as national evils by elected president Subhas Chandra Bose.


Patel’s stern stance against Gujarat bureaucrats toeing the Modi line has startled government officers here.


"After Independence, they changed a lot of names. From Jan Samiti to Jansangh, Janata Party and Bharatiya Janata Party. Same way these people are changing names of Central schemes and trying to garner cheap publicity by converting these into their brainchild schemes and projects".


"All those who convert government offices or collectorates and police stations into BJP offices and work like BJP workers need to understand that this is wrong. Just by treating poor people as commodity or getting them in hordes for garib kalyan melas is not a solution to alleviate poverty", he said.


Lamenting that the Gujarat bureaucrats have started comparing the chief minister with Ram, Rahim and Jesus and are conveniently ignoring the fact that they are government servants and not workers of any political party, Patel said that the culture of sycophancy has seeped deep into the state and the state government is asking the bureaucrats to praise the chief minister.


"The state government has been diverting Central funds of various schemes into garib kalyan melas and there the chief minister hits out at the Centre," he said while addressing a public meeting of more than 50,000 people. According to Patel, Gujarat has got maximum funding under various schemes like NREGS, JNNURM, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and other programmes from the Central government during the UPA regime.






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