State Assembly Speaker Vajubhai Vala called upon the trader community to support the “lion-hearted man who has the chest of 56 inches and who does not go back on his word” indirectly campaigning for BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Addressing a product launch function on a party plot on SG Highway on Saturday evening, whose brand ambassador is film actor and BJP candidate from Ahmedabad East seat Paresh Rawal, he sought to justify government tilt in favour of business community saying, “even a mother gives more milk to that among her sons who earns more in the family”.
Rawal, who was declared as the brand ambassador of this Bhavnagar-based steel rods manufacturing company, however, could not make it to the event though the invitation card prominently displayed his picture.
Instead, the organisers of the event attended by several BJP biggies, had Rawal’s 3-D holographic image which became an instant hit. People rushed to pose and take pictures with Rawal’s hologram. His apology message played on video.
Vala also said that it was thanks to the lack of “manliness” among current rulers that the country reached to a pitiable (economic) condition. “Your support must be for the bold and courageous who does not go back on his word,” he said.
“Befriend with man, not eunuchs” he said giving another example of elephants and barking dogs, “Elephant moves everywhere without caring for dogs, it is dogs that change in places while the same elephant moves everywhere,” he said telling the audience to come to its own conclusion.
Vala also said that the trade community should give preference to develop more of courage and business acumen than academic excellence, “if you want to grow in businesses and prosper”.
He advised traders not to cause dissatisfaction to their dealers and “also contribute to the growth of the State from their earnings”.
“The state helps trade by giving it sops which in turn pays taxes to the government coffers which is how the trade and the Government grow,” he said.
Rajya Sabha member Purshottam Rupala said there was nothing wrong with politicians and businessmen involving with each other in progress. “There is a fashion now to criticise Gujarat for its growth these days,” he said.