Modi is Chief Minister of average state: Chidambaram

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New Delhi: Finance Minister P Chidambaram today sought to take the wind out of ‘Gujarat Model’ saying Narendra Modi is Chief Minister of an average state and themodel being propagated by him was “exaggerated and boastful”.

“Gujarat is an average state. It has neither the best performance, nor the worst performance. It lies somewhere in the middle,” Chidambaram said while dismissing BJP’s pitch of Gujarat model as “exaggerated and boastful”.

Chidambaram, who gave detailed statistics to show that it was not all milk and honey in the Modi-run state, said that it ranked fifth in the Gross State Domestic Product compounded annual growth rate.

He said Gujarat ranks 15th in rural poverty head count in 2011-12, ninth in Human Development Index,22nd in the coverage of roads in 2011 and 10th in Households with electricity.

He also said that it ranks 12th in the literacy rate, 15th in the social sector expenditure.

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