Contrary to Narendra Modi's claim of the state being the largest beneficiary of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Gujarat has received only USD 8 billion of foreign investment during the 13-year period beginning 2000, the Union Minister said.
With Rs 1.38 trillion (lakh crore) debt, Gujarat is the third most indebted state in the country, while it ranks sixth in FDI, he said.
"Modi is being packaged and marketed (well). Sometimes you have to see packaging which may look attractive, but what about the product? It may be sub-standard."
Reeling off RBI data on FDI, Sharma said while Gujarat got just USD 8 billion between 2000 and 2013, Maharashtra attracted the highest, USD 63 billion of FDI during this period.
"Narendra Modi speaks about development model and investment. Since 2000-13, Modi has been talking about vibrant Gujarat. He has been saying the state has signed Rs 10-14 trillion worth MoUs.
"But according to the RBI data, total FDI received in the country between 2000 and 2013 was USD 300 billion, of which Maharashtra got USD 63 billion. The NCR, some of which is going in Haryana, UP and Rajasthan, got around USD 34 billion. Then comes Tamil Nadu, Andhra (Pradesh), Karnataka and Gujarat at USD 8 billion," Sharma said.
The Minister was here to sign MoUs for the first phase of Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor project in Maharashtra.
"The rural area (in Gujarat) is not developed, there is malnutrition, and school drop-out rate is also high," he said.
"But Narendra Modi takes credit, though it is the third most indebted state. Nearly Rs 1.38 trillion is the debt of the state...," Anand Sharma said.