Modi mostly talks of Congress and me, not the future of Gujarat: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul, who is set to take over the reins of his party, said the Prime Minister was not talking about his party’s future vision for Gujarat because the reality of “Modi model” of development was far removed from what existed on the ground.

Written by Satish Jha | Anjar (kutch) | Updated: December 6, 2017 6:47 am
Gujarat Assembly elections 2017, gujarat polls, gujarat elections, rahul gandhi, narendra modi, future of gujarat, indian express news Rahul Gandhi receives a traditional welcome on his arrival at Anjar in Kutch on Tuesday. (Express Photo by Javed Raja)

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticised Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as Congress president and called it “Aurangzeb raaj”, Rahul hit back saying the Prime Minister spends most part of his speeches slamming him and the Congress party and does not talk about the future of Gujarat.

Campaigning for the first time in Kutch after the announcement of elections, Rahul said: “Yesterday, I saw (Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji’s (election rally) speech. From what I saw, Modiji talked about the Congress party and me for 60 per cent of the speech…that Congress party is this, Congress party is that… But we are not here to talk about them (BJP). We are here to talk about future of Gujarat. This election is about just one thing, and that is the future of the people of Gujarat. And in his entire speech, Modiji did not talk about your future, as to what the BJP wants to do for you in future.”

Rahul, who is set to take over the reins of his party, said the Prime Minister was not talking about his party’s future vision for Gujarat because the reality of “Modi model” of development was far removed from what existed on the ground. “You (people of Gujarat) told me things that are different from what was told by the BJP. This is why Narendra Modiji only talks about the Congress party for 60 per cent of his speech,” he added. Promising to immediately bring Narmada waters to Kutch, Rahul said that the Congress manifesto, which was released on Monday, “is not merely a manifesto, but the voice of Gujarat”.

“We want to ease your pain. I assure you that the Congress chief minister will take decisions only after consulting farmers, businessmen. We will not take decisions like Gabbar Singh Tax on our own,” he said, referring to the Centre’s implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST). Rahul, who arrived at the venue on a camel cart, apologised for the delay, citing inclement weather. Addressing the packed Town Hall ground, Rahul said in lighter vein, “Yesterday, my sister came (Priyanka Vadra Gandhi) to my house. She came to the kitchen and said everything here is Gujarati, like Gujarati fafda, Gujarati moongfali (peanuts) and Gujarati achaar (pickles).. Aap logo ne meri aadat bigaad di hai. Mera vajan badh gaya hai (You have spoiled my habit, I have gained weight)”. The crowd cheered.

The Congress leader also attacked the Prime Minister over his silence on the reported jump in the revenue of the company owned by BJP president’s son, Jay Shah. “Everybody knows Amit Shah in Gujarat, but don’t know what is the reason that right under Modiji’s watch Amit Shah’s son turns Rs 50,000 into Rs 80 crore, and the chowkidar (watchman) of this country doesn’t ask a question,” Rahul said, referring to PM’s claim that he will be the watchman of the country and won’t allow any corruption during his 2014 Lok Sabha campaign.

Rahul’s meetings in Morbi and Surendranagar districts on Tuesday, and Narmada, Tapi and Dang districts on Wednesday were cancelled due to cyclone Ockhi. In Morbi, around 3,000 people had gathered to hear Rahul when they were informed that he could not make it.

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  1. R
    Dec 7, 2017 at 4:15 am
    Boss, take you own advice. You keep barking about Modi, most of the comments from your brainless supporters are also about Modi. You want to talk about achievements. Let's talk. Name on thing you have ever done in your life.
    1. V
      Dec 6, 2017 at 8:50 pm
      think we all should do devlopmemt u did in amethi which u wish to replicate all over india
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        1. Vishal Gor
          Dec 6, 2017 at 6:41 pm
          Already gujarat me unhone etna kuch kar diya he ki unke name pe hi log vote dege...pappu teri ek bhi achievement ho to bata!! kisi state ka CM to ban ke dikha...wo bhi aukat nahi he...vanshvad ke base pe khada he or the great modi ko challenge kar rha he
          1. Poongavoor Raghupathy
            Dec 6, 2017 at 12:17 pm
            Modiji instead of concentrating on his developmental works goes on blaming congress. This shows Modiji does not want any opposition party to thrive and afraid to face oppositions. Is it not necessary for Modiji to talk about his last election promises and analysis of his actions rather than always blaming Congress. Slowly Modiji is proving that his leadership is not above Congress in performance. Sometimes it raises a doubt that are we capable to rule ourselves.
            1. R
              Dec 7, 2017 at 4:16 am
              What exact development has Rahul Gandhi ever done? Amethi is among the poorest cons uencies in India and they have electing the dynasty for decades now.
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