Sonia steps up attack on Modi, says God save the country from the Gujarat model

The Gandhi scion went on to say that Modi's Gujarat model is all about giving benefits to one individual.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 27, 2014 11:12 am

Stepping up the attack on BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday called on God to “save” the country from the “Gujarat model”.

Terming it as a “destructive” and “divisive” model, she said, “Hey Bhagwan, desh ko iss model se bachao (God, please save the country from this model).” She also accused the BJP of promoting “politics of hatred and fanaticism”.

Addressing a rally in Barnala, she said, “BJP’s chief campaigner is selling Modi model in the name of Gujarat. What is happening in Gujarat under this model? Sikhs living there for the past 50 years are being forced to leave the state.”

Targeting the Gujarat government’s claims of development, Sonia said people in the state did not have access to potable water, every second child below five years was malnourished, and people with a daily income of Rs 11 were not included in the BPL list. She also said about 45,000 acres of land in Gujarat had been given to one businessman at a cheap rate.

Hitting out at the SAD-BJP government in Punjab, Sonia accused it of involvement “in all wrong trades, including drug smuggling, imposing goonda tax and illegal mining.”

“Badal sirf garajna jaante hain, barasna nahi. Wo sirf apni kursi bachana jaante hain (Badal only talks, but does not deliver. He only knows how to guard his chair),” she said. “We released crores for the state in the last 10 years. Ask your government where the money has been spent,” she said.

Addressing another rally in Rae Bareli, Sonia described the BJP as a “power hungry” party with “zalil vichar (disgraceful views)”. “BJP leaders are power hungry. They are ready to do anything to grab power. They sell lies,” she said.

“They (BJP men) themselves indulge in corruption and then talk about fighting it… Inke shabd aur vichar ashalil aur zaleel hote hain (Their words and thoughts are vulgar and disgraceful),” she said.

“Development is not possible only by lying. It requires farsightedness, dedication, compassion and a big heart… The people know that the party which always stood for them is Congress. The relation of love and trust is made when you become a real well-wisher of the people. Yehi meri rajneetik zindagi ki jamapoonji hai (this is what I have earned through my political life),” she said.
— with PTI

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  1. R
    Apr 26, 2014 at 3:54 pm
    I think now even god is unable to save this dirty congress and its leaders. Because GOD is already decided to punish them
    1. Raj Dhillon
      Apr 27, 2014 at 3:25 am
      Fr. Frazer Mascarenhas has clarified the different manifestos as they were cloaked in ambiguity. Crowdpullers and exploiters were making capital out of the elections by promisingthe moon in an era of five blood moons in a row only to entice a button to bepushed lighting up an emblem and getting ones nail smeared with an ink thatreadily came off with acetone. This farcical drama being enacted to furtherfill the coffers of moneybags over a period of time and promoting Gujarat Modelof Development when it actually read as Gujarati Model of Development ie ‘forGuajarati’s only.’ As the majority of his students were not Guajarati it was necessary that he clarified thisinnuendo and walked among them with a shining lamp in broad daylight. I wouldclarify his stand even further that the development model in a democracy shouldnot only stress on developing from top down but also from bottom up. Thetotality of this development would only come from a frame of mind which thecollege had imparted and he did not wish his students to stumble and take thewrong path. I mentioned the disparity between Gujarat Model and Gujarati Modelbecause the atude that the State has shown regarding the settlement of WarVeterans from other States particularly Punjab on tracts of land in arid Kutchwhere vegetation simply refused to grow. Over decades these hardy folks toiledand made the land productive. To make the development Gujarati, the State filedan appeal in the Supreme Court against their own High Courts’ decision whichhad granted rights to these redeemers of desolate land lying barren. So muchfor developing Gujarat and then giving it back. What can the Nation expectnext?
      1. D
        Apr 29, 2014 at 12:08 pm
        its rightly said democracy is for literates so that by false words people cant be fooled
        1. P.S.Arunachalam Arunachalam
          Apr 29, 2014 at 11:39 am
          UPA and you have left the country in such a shape and state that even God cannot helpdia will not see redemption so long you and your puppet UPA are at the helm of affairs. Please for India's sake disappear.
          1. S
            sunil karkera
            Apr 26, 2014 at 10:23 am
            YOU better go to Italy and think about your country. India is not your country.
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