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On demonetisation anniversary, Rahul Gandhi targets govt in trade hub Surat

Praising Surat as the “central piece” of the 21st century manufacturing system with the potential to challenge (China) in the country, he said “first demonetisation and then GST dealt a blow to this”.

Written by Kamal Saiyed | Surat | Updated: November 9, 2017 5:31 am
Demonetisation, Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi, rahul in surat, rahul gandhi in surat, rahul in Gujarat, gujarat news, indian express news Rahul Gandhi and Ashok Gehlot in Surat Wednesday. (Express Photo)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi chose to spend the anniversary of demonetisation in Surat, one of the worst impacted by demonetisation and the GST.

Praising Surat as the “central piece” of the 21st century manufacturing system with the potential to challenge (China) in the country, he said “first demonetisation and then GST dealt a blow to this”. He said this holding up a spindle from a powerloom.

Rahul’s Surat tour saw some tense moments at the New Textile Market near the Sahara Darwaja area on Wednesday afternoon, when BJP supporters began shouting “Modi Modi”, as Congress tried to shout them down with “Rahul, Rahul”, just before the Congress leader’s arrival.

Sources said the textile traders of Surat were invited on Tuesday by Union textile minister Smirti Irani to discuss their issues in Delhi on Wednesday, but decided to snub her and meet Rahul instead. Sensing the sentiment, BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday night met Federation of Surat Textile Traders Association members.

Interacting with textile, embroidery, packaging and diamond unit owners at the Sanjeev Kumar auditorium, Rahul said Wednesday: “If this government puts even 15 per cent of the focus that it does on the top 10-15 industrialists, you (Surat) will create a miracle.”

In this interaction that went live on Facebook, a textile unit owner Shashikant Mashruwala lamented that he had to close down his unit two years ago, because of the dumping of Chinese textile in the market, and that the Union Textile Minister and PM Narendra Modi had ignored his letters of appeal. Rahul said: “Be it Smriti Irani or Narendra Modi, they will pick up their phones in a minute (for the top businessmen), and you who give 50 per cent of the jobs in India, are not in their focus.”

Calling demonetisation “a strategy to convert all the black money of all the thieves in India, to white”, Rahul said: “When he (Modi) makes a mistake he should tell those who had faith in him that demonetisation and GST were mistakes”.

He said “maybe even the Congress did not help or stand by you (the SMEs) the way it should have. May be even our attention was on the bigger industrialists, but I would like to assure you that it is my view that if we support the bigger industrialists, that much support should be extended to small and medium industries as well.”

A businessman, who is in the packaging industry, said: “We cannot complain to you because we have voted for the wrong government. But this time we have a suggestion — this time if you don’t form government it is because of you all… Get your house in order… save the country, we need one more azaadi. To which Rahul said, “that is why I have sent (Ashok) Gehlotji here. Now it might at least seem to you that the Congress party is fighting.”

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    George Cruz
    Nov 10, 2017 at 10:47 pm
    The truth is that the majority of the supporters of the corrupt/communal congress party are the minorities, e.g., brainwashed Christians/Muslims, the disgruntled idio-tic Dalits who have become lazy bums after collecting freebies for the last 65 years, and the communists mainly from the left oriented states like Kerala and W.Bengal. These minorities with down votes don't want India to make any progress, the brainwashed Christians who want to make India a mini Vatican and the brainwashed Muslims who have no allegiance to the nation other than Islam.
    1. S
      Nov 10, 2017 at 5:58 pm
      DeMo was done to convert black money into white. only those ppl are happy who had changed tons of black money into white or those anti nationals who are paid by bjp to do false propaganda for its anti poor policies.
      1. K
        Nov 10, 2017 at 2:22 pm
        Just disaster by Modi. Modi spoiled economy and jobs.Banks are looted 5 lakh crores by corporates. NPAs have increased by 6 lakh crores in 3 years. Total failure of Modi Govt.
        1. B
          Nov 10, 2017 at 2:20 pm
          GST and demonetization are seen by traders as tools to curb their black income whereas the rest of India views these as the canon of equality. So now we know who all are or were indulging in tax evasion, black money.
          1. K
            Nov 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm
            Most of these traders are in BJP as their leaders. Modi has spoiled ebusinesses and jobs.
          2. Jaganathan Vijayakumar
            Nov 10, 2017 at 11:25 am
            Comments of paid media agents will go on till BJP wins both Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. Modi controls every state and central ministers systematically to ensure development of 125 Crores people in all spheres by removing all system failure created by other than BJP government. Media criticize Trump like Modi but ultimately Modi and Trump are recognized by people through their votes.
            1. G
              Nov 10, 2017 at 2:19 pm
              Now booth are exposed as hollow and fooling people, and are loosing. Modi has lost credibility. People will dump Modi.
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