Claim: The first chief minister in Gujarat was Madhavsinh Solanki of the Congress party. The credit for Gujarat’s development goes to the Congress. The development rate has come down during (Narendra) Modi’s tenure.

Who: Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar

Where: Pune on 9 April

Check: He is wrong on the comment on chief minister. The comment on development rate is not accurate.

The first chief minister of Gujarat was Jivraj Narayan Mehta, who led Congress governments from May 1960 to March 1962 and March 1962 to September 1963

Solanki was the seventh chief minister who led the Congress governments from December 1976 to April 1977, June 1980 to March 1985 , March 1985 to July 1985, and December 1989 to March 1990.

The Congress was in power in Gujarat intermittently till 1995. Growth of the state domestic product in 1961-62 was 10.03%. In 1973-74, it was 22.33%. When the Congress returned to power in the state in 1976 for a year, the growth rate was 28.50%. The party was in government again from 1980 to 1990. The growth rate was 9.89-10.9% in 1989-90.

The Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in 1995 and the growth rate in 1995-96 was 13.2-13.45%. The party returned to power in 1998. The growth rate in 1998-99 was 13.42-15.5%. The rate was 1.2% in 2001-02 when Narendra Modi took over as chief minister. It spiked to 18.8% in 2003-04,but slid to 6.89% in 2008-09. The growth rate has since been 11.2% (2009-10), 10% (2010-11), 7.7% (2011-12) and 8% (2012-13).

All these numbers should be seen in light of an expanding base (the size of the economy.

Note - The growth rates are of state gross domestic product at current prices.

Source: State Directorate of Economics and Statistics data compiled by statistics ministry

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