Comparing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a “jadugar” (magician), Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the PM has been “performing tricks” on the people of Gujarat and the country. Speaking to the media he said just like magicians perform tricks which are not real, similarly the PM has been perfoming tricks. Rahul who visited the Patidar strongholds in northern part of the poll-bound state, saw huge crowds greet and listen to him.
Rahul who is on the last and fourth leg of his three-day visit to Gujarat, will conclude his Gujarat tour by visiting the BJP bastion and the home of Patidar agitations of Mehsana and Visnagar later on Monday.
He began his tour of north Gujarat on Monday by visiting the Veer Meghmaya temple after which he interacted with the Dalit leaders of Patan. The Gandhi scion continued his attacks on PM Modi and lambasted the central government on various fronts like demonetization, the Goods and Services Tax (GST), unemployment and corruption.
He was warmly greeted by villagers on his visit to Kungher village in Patan district. He even mingled with the local children and offered them sweets. People turned up in huge numbers to greet him, who broke the security barricades to meet them.
In Harij, he also became part of a magician’s performance. Gandhi remarked, “Jadugars (magicians) have been earning money through tricks and Modiji too has been doing the same in 22 years.”
While interacting with the denotified tribes and their leaders, Gandhi said that the Congress will prepare their poll manifesto after consulting the Gujarati people. “Unlike others who just make people listen to their ‘Mann ki Baat’, the Congress will listen to other’s ‘Mann ki Baat'” added Gandhi.
At a public meeting in Varana in Patan, Gandhi said, “In Gujarat, there are five to 10 industrialists who are not agitating, whereas all others are doing ‘andolan’ (agitations).” Before his public address, he visited the temple of Goddess Khodiyar in Varana. He also offered a ‘Chundadi’ and ‘Prasad’ to the deity.
In the evening he will address a large gathering in Mehsana, the hometown of Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat, Nitin Patel and also the district of the hometown Vadnagar of Modi. Mansa, the hometown of the BJP national president Amit Shah is also located in north Gujarat. Another significant place of Patidar agitation is Visnagar, where Gandhi will be concluding his Gujarat visit.
with PTI inputs