In a direct attack on BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s much-touted “Gujarat model” of development, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday that the model favours “two-three industrialists”, including an individual whose turnover has grown from Rs 3,000 crore to Rs 40,000 crore over the last decade. Rahul, however, refrained from naming any industrialists.
“If you look at the Gujarat model, an individual whose turnover was Rs 3,000 crore 10 years back now has a turnover of Rs 40,000 crore. He was given land as big as Vadodara for Rs 300 crore. A coastline as long as the Mumbai coastline was given to him. On the other hand, the textile industry has been wiped out. I have spoken to diamond cutters. They are dying, there is malnutrition, children are hungry, farmers are crying, there are maximum labour disputes. But on TV, it is all marketing. The truth about the Gujarat model is it favours two-three industrialists. It is very easy in Gujarat,” said Rahul in an interview to Aaj Tak.
Without naming the BJP, he claimed the party’s thinking was to focus on “three-four industrialists”.
“(They) talk about trickledown, in the US also there was talk of trickledown. But now it is admitted that failed,” he said.
Referring to the BJP and Modi, Rahul claimed they had a “corporate base”, while the poor form the Congress’ base.
“Their marketing abilities are better than ours. Our ability to work, our programmes and our ability to connect with people is better than theirs. So in every campaign, they make more noise. But when the results come out, the situation is different,” he said.
Admitting anti-incumbency against the Congress-led UPA government, Rahul said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government was the longest serving after Nehru’s government, which in itself was an “achievement”.