On Gujarat and Narendra Modi, mixing up numbers, slipping on facts

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SummaryThe people of India face a choice between the Congress and the BJP.

questioned Gujaratís performance on school dropout rates, perhaps without looking at the data published by the government: dropout rates for classes I-VIII dropped from 45.48 per cent in 2002-03 to 7.08 per cent in 2012-13. This was due to the state governmentís various far-sighted schemes, such as Kanya Kelavani and Shala Praveshotsav. Moreover, he didnít reveal that the Audit of Integrated Child Development Services Scheme revealed that grade I and II malnutrition in the state has reduced by around

50 per cent between 2006-07 and 2010-11. More recent data (as of March 2013) demonstrates a further decline to levels lower than in the Congress-ruled states of Kerala, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh.

The people of India face a choice between the Congress and the BJP. The former has institutionalised poverty but uses emotion and fear to sway voters, while the latter represents the aspirations of young India and is determined to make India a confident and prosperous country within the next decade. Indians will choose substance over emotion. India will choose Narendra Modi.

The writer is a Rajya Sabha MP and national treasurer, BJP

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