Modi mimics Cong, offers 50 lakh houses


At the press conference, Modi was accompanied by BJP's national vice-president Purshottam Rupala, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitely, Gujarat BJP president Ranchoddas Faldu and state's Industries Minister Saurabh Patel.

Modi said his government had built 22 lakh houses in the past 10 years against 12 lakh houses built by Congress in the previous 40 years. "We are quoting a figure of 50 lakh new houses to give a clear idea of what BJP plans to do," the CM added.

Modi mimics Cong, offers 50 lakh houses

Asked about Congress's similar scheme, Modi said, "Every other party is making claims to provide housing."

Congress's 12-point agenda, which included the Ghar nu Ghar scheme mainly aimed at women, had offered three categories of houses for people to pick as per their spending power. A category was worth Rs 70,000 (278 sq feet), B category worth Rs 1 lakh (543 sq feet) and C worth Rs 1.8 lakh (857 sq ft). The average cost of houses promised by BJP comes to around Rs 66,000 per unit.

Reacting to BJP's manifesto, Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said, "Our housing scheme will be executed by revamping the Gujarat Housing Board and the Slum Clearance Board, while BJP's plan announced on a PPP model will benefit builders."

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