In Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi attacks Narendra Modi: Behaves arrogantly like Hitler

Rahul Gandhi was in Balasinor as part of the Vikas Shodh yatra.

Balasinor | Updated: March 12, 2014 10:20 am

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi likened BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to German dictator Adolf Hitler at a public rally in Gujarat on Tuesday.

Addressing a well-attended rally at Balasinor in Kheda district, Gandhi said in an indirect reference to Modi: “Hitler was the biggest arrogant who thought people had no wisdom and there was no need to listen to them. He thought he had all the knowledge himself. Similarly, there is a leader today in India who says ‘I have done this, I have done that’ and behaves arrogantly. A leader should not be arrogant.” 

He claimed that the BJP had double standards because it had opposed the naming of Ahmedabad’s airport after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Modi was campaigning for a “Congress-free” India even as he appropriated its founding leaders Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel. This was Rahul Gandhi’s first visit to Gujarat after the declaration of election dates and the second visit within a period of one month.

On Modi’s appeal to make him “chowkidar” of the national treasury, Rahul said: “Congress wants all Hindustanis to be ‘chowkidars’, not only one individual.” He also accused the Modi government of “grabbing” lands from poor farmers and allotting them to rich industrialists at throwaway prices. “Is this chowkidari?’’, he asked. “This is not chowkidari. This amounts to chori (theft),” he said.

Trying to woo women voters, Rahul said: “India will change and become a superpower only if women are empowered.” Slamming the “Gujarat model of development”, he said: “Gujarat is not shining for its women and poor. It is shining only for 10-15 industrialists.

The houses and vehicles of industrialists are shining.” He further said: “Hindustan will not shine till the houses of poor begin shining.” Targeting Modi on corruption, Rahul said: “Three BJP ministers have been in jail on charges of corruption. Lokayukta in Gujarat was appointed only after Supreme Court’s orders. If Modi is really serious about tackling corruption, why did the BJP take back corrupt former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa? Why did the BJP take back the Reddy brothers back into its fold?,” asked Rahul.

Later, Rahul met and interacted with salt pan workers, locally known as agariyas, at Kharaghoda in Surendranagar district, bordering the Little Rann of Kutch. Rahul listened to their problems and said, “I have understood your problems and I will try my best to address those issues. I am not saying that I will change your life in the next ten days, but I will make attempts.”

State Congress leaders, including state party president Arjun Modhwadia, the Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly Shankersinh Vaghela and UPA ministers Dinsha Patel and Bharatsinh Solanki also addressed the rally.

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    Khushwant Singh Gill
    Mar 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm
    Modi is not like Hitler but with a soul of Goebel who speaks only about development of Gujrat hundred times a day so that every one start trusting him on his lie
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      Ashupal
      Mar 12, 2014 at 4:49 am
      I think, Rahul hi rightly said that “Hitler was the biggest arrogant who thought people had no wisdom and there was no need to listen to them.Now Modi is the same as hitler because he has not listen to the people just only speak and speak.
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        Chaitanya Bawari
        Mar 12, 2014 at 7:02 am
        If he Rahul really thinks Modi is like Hitler, why does he not honest about it and says it clearly ?
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          immunition
          Mar 12, 2014 at 4:42 am
          This is perfect example of "Khisiyayi Billi Khamba Nochaey"!
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            Karan
            Mar 12, 2014 at 4:44 am
            atleast BJP has 10-15 industialists....congress has only one...the National SON-IN-LAW....Robert Vadhra
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              Monika Verma
              Mar 14, 2014 at 11:14 am
              Narendra Modi may try any tactics but will not win this time. BJP has a very bad track record and the people of India have noticed their bad record.
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                P.S.Arunachalam Arunachalam
                Mar 12, 2014 at 12:47 pm
                The parrot is not the only creature that can repeat what others say.
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                  Rakesh Sharda
                  Mar 12, 2014 at 4:26 am
                  Rahul speeches show that he has still not grown. He is repeating like a parrot what other Congress leaders tell him.
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                    shashi
                    Mar 12, 2014 at 10:51 am
                    Peope of India decide who is hitler and who is holding family parliment..... Rahul first learn to talk about good work done ....
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                      Truth search
                      Mar 12, 2014 at 4:28 am
                      Let Raul Vinci explain and enlighten Indians how he got hi surname? Then we listen to him. that is the biggest corruption and cheating history ever saw
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                        Utkarsh Sharma
                        Mar 12, 2014 at 4:26 am
                        Modi has been really a pathetic politician over these years . We know that his government in Gujarat grabbed lands from poor farmers and allotted them to rich industrialists at throwaway prices.
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                          Utkarsh Sharma
                          Mar 12, 2014 at 4:27 am
                          There needs to be transparency in the political system. Modi always claims that he has done this and that. What about Gujarat riots?Why is he not apologizing for the 2002 riots?
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                            George Verghese
                            Mar 12, 2014 at 1:08 pm
                            Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.”
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                              Yash Pandey
                              Mar 12, 2014 at 4:19 am
                              If we see, Modi is the biggest arrogant politician who thinks that people have no wisdom and there is no need to listen to them. He thinks that he have all the knowledge himself. Modi is just like Hitler.
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                                Yash Pandey
                                Mar 12, 2014 at 4:21 am
                                Modi's principles and ideologies are just like Hitler who always opposed equality and divided people. Modi will divide India one day if he comes into power.
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