The Congress on Friday said the ruckus at BJP president Amit Shah’s function in Surat was a “manifestation of resentment” among the farming community over the much-touted Gujarat model of governance of Narendra Modi, and that the “deep-seated anger” was “fully legitimate and justified”.
“In the home state of the Prime Minister, the BJP national president and Chief Minister were not allowed to speak for even a few minutes. The slogans compared them to General Dyer and asked them to go back. The key slogan was the lotus should not be allowed to bloom anywhere, especially in 2017,” Congress spokesperson Abhi-shek Singhvi said. “A large mass of people — this affects the Patels and the Patidars the most – have had to shift from absolute jobless growth in the agricultural sector to the urban areas, where they have no jobs at all,” he said.