Gujarat (Gandhinagar): Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has lauded the development model of Punjab, initiated and executed by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, hoping that the latter would rise to number one in terms of facilities being provided to the investors in the state while interacting with a delegation of journalists at his residence, in Gandhinagar on Monday.
“I would be the happiest person if Punjab beats us and becomes number one in terms of development and investor facilitation,” he said on a lighter note while answering a question from Daily Post.
Terming it to be a race, Rupani advocated the competition of being number one among the states which has started to lead the country towards developed nation. “It is good that many states in the country have now jumped into this race and we welcome it,” he added while answering a question about how Gujarat is preparing to beat Sukhbir’s vision of making Punjab a number one investor-friendly state.
Talking about protecting the rights of Sikhs living in Gujarat, Rupani said that the BJP government has always given equality to Sikhs who migrated to Gujarat and it will always ensure that their rights are protected in the state and no injustice is done with them.
Answering a question from Daily Post in which he was asked about how challenging it was to be a successor of a man who currently is the PM of the country and who has set high standards of development, Rupani said that to carry forward his legacy is a hard job, but he does not take it as a challenge.
“Every work is challenging but I do not take it as a challenge only because Narendra Modi has set high standards, rather I take it as an opportunity to serve on the lines set by him which only talks about development,” he added.
With the state heading towards Vidhan Sabha elections, Rupani seems to have developed a 4 pillar theory of development which is being projected as a theory to approach the elections. “We believe in 4 pillars of development which are Sensitivity, Transparency, Progressiveness and Decisiveness. We have no personal agenda and we are committed to serve the state with these four pillars,” he confessed.
Accepting the problem of corruption in the state, Rupani said that he looked firmly to eradicate this problem within a few years from its roots. However, he did accept that for past two decades, BJP has been in power but the problem still persists. He said, “There is no political corruption in Gujarat, however it lies in the administration level, which by implementing schemes like ‘Seva Setu’ we are committed to completely eradicate the corruption in coming years.”
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