Piyush Goyal MURALI KUMAR K | Photo Credit: MURALI KUMAR K
Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday said Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is not interested in development of the State and claimed that people who are suffering have made up their mind to change the Congress government.
Mr. Goyal claimed that the Gehlot government refused to contribute to the PM Mitra Park project for a 1,000 acre textile park in the State. Rajasthan CM also refused to contribute to Railways projects in remote areas as well as in tribal areas of the State, he alleged.
“Rajasthan did not show any interest in proposal of PM Mitra Park of 1,000 acres textile park in the State,” Mr. Goyal said.
The Commerce and Industry Minister was speaking to reporters after an interaction with students of a coaching institute in Talwandi area on Sunday evening.
Earlier in the day, he took part in an hour-long “shramdaan” in the district as part of the nationwide ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign.
After the Congress government came to power, CM Gehlot wrote to the Center and refused to contribute even a single rupee in any of the Centre’s scheme, Mr. Goyal said, adding he was very sorry for such approach to development by the Gehlot government.
On possibility of a BJP government in Rajasthan, he said people have made up their mind to join the pace of development by the Narendra Modi-led Central government. There is no leadership issue in Rajasthan BJP, Mr. Goyal said.
Earlier, Mr. Goyal held interaction with businessmen and industrialists of Kota and Bundi in Jawahar Nagar area of the city. The industrialists and businessmen urged the Union Minister not to discriminate with Kota and to scrap GST on students’ hostel fee.
Mr. Goyal said the businessmen contribute a major portion of his income to social service and claimed an entrepreneur is hurt most when the tax he pays is wasted in corrupt practices. It was Narendra Modi, who on becoming the Prime Minister in 2014, decided to use the tax money in interest of people and the country, he said.
He claimed the highest number of tech graduates go out from India and Kota makes maximum contribution in it.
Earlier, Mr. Goyal reached Kota on a one-day visit and inaugurated the ‘Swachhata Pakhwada’ at Samrat Circle in Mahavir Nagar.
The Union Minister administered oath to workers and students during the drive to serve the nation by devoting 100 hours a year to the cleanliness drive.
The Minister also held interaction with school students during the drive. He said if the children become aware of cleanliness at this age, then they would spread the message to their relatives and Mahatma Gandhi’s dream will come true soon. He said that Gandhiji had dreamed of not only political freedom but also of a clean and developed nation.
In a separate event, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also took part in the cleanliness drive in Kota’s Kishorepura area on Sunday morning.
Mr. Goyal, along with BJP workers, officials ,and school students cleaned the dirt on the road. BJP’s Kota South MLA Sandeep Sharma, Ladpura MLA Kalpana Devi, and Ramganjmandi MLA Madan Dilawar were among those present during the cleanliness drive.
During the cleanliness drive, he slammed the party workers who tried to click a photo.
Before leaving for Mumbai in the evening, the minister also held around 45-minute interaction with coaching students and told the students that failure is the step to success.