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Gujarat concerned only about marketing: Jaya

The good words from BJP chief ministerial candidate Narendra Modi about her Tamil Nadu counterpart has failed to mollify the AIADMK leader. At an election rally in Krishnagiri on Thursday, the Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa drew comparison between Tamil Nadu and Gujarat on various counts.

Jaya said that Tamil Nadu was more developed than his state in all aspects. She also underlined the need for an assurance from Modi about protecting water rights of Tamil Nadu. 

The Tamil leader said that a hoax had been created about Gujarat that it topped all states in the country in growth. ‘But it is not correct. The fact is that Gujarat is more concerned about marketing the state while Tamil Nadu, under my leadership, is concerned more about delivering public service than lip service,’ she said. 

Rejecting the claims of Modi that the interlinking of the river scheme was brought in by the Vajpayee-led NDA government, Jayalalithaa said no progress was made on it then. The Tamil Nadu government has spent Rs 100.96 crore towards the implementation of phase I and II of Thamirabarani-Karumeniyaru-Nambiyaru interlinking project. 

Two projects have been evolved to implement Pennaiyar-Palar scheme at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore. Jaya sought to know whether the BJP would guarantee Rs 6,500 crore towards implementing all these projects. 
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