Updated: October 11, 2017 6:47:08 pm
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is continuing his Navsarjan Yatra in poll-bound Gujarat on Wednesday, held a meeting with tribal students at Darbar Hall in Chhota Udaipur district on the 3rd day of his visit. During the meeting, Gandhi pointed fingers at the state government for not providing enough funds for education in the state and not providing a secure future to the students. “Congress is coming to Gujarat to change what is wrong. We will restore your parents’ honour,” Gandhi said.
After the meeting, Gandhi left for Devgarh Baria, his next destination for the day, where he will hold a corner meeting with the public. On his way, the Congress leader was greeted by villagers, from Palaja and zoz villages.
On Day 2 of his visit, Gandhi launched a scathing attack against BJP chief Amit Shah, as he questioned the alleged accusations of “illegal” business activities of his son Jay Shah. Addressing a public meeting at Vadodara, Gandhi said, “First they started ‘Beti Bachao’ program. Now it has changed to Amit Shah ke bete ko bachao (save Amit Shah’s son).” We are getting you coverage with our correspondent Aditi Raja getting you Live updates from the ground.
Rahul Gandhi Gujarat visit highlights:
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6.21 pm: Rahul has finished the address. He will now be heading to Ahmedabad to take his flight to Delhi, thereby concluding the phase two of his Navsarjan Yatra.
6.20 pm: “There is one Gujarati businessman, who no one can beat in the world. It’s not Adani or Ambani. It’s Amit Shah. Ask any Gujarati in the world if he can convert Rs 50000 into a Rs 80 crore business. Only Amit Shah can do it.” Gandhi said in a scathing attack against Amit Shah over the media reports about his son’s company.
6.18 pm: Talking about GST and its implementation, Gandhi said, ‘We are your opposition, but we are speaking for India. Don’t destroy India in a haste’
6.15 pm: Taking a dig at the prime minister, Gandhi added, “Yesterday Modiji said, ‘I will finish poverty from Gujarat by 2022’. In 2025, Modi will send every Gujarat citizen to the moon; in 2028, he will give everyone homes on the moon. By 2030, Modiji will bring the moon to the earth.”
6.13 pm: Launching an attack against PM Modi over Tata Nano project, Gandhi said, “Did anyone ask him what happened to this Rs 35,000 crore given to Tata. It was not his personal money.”
6.08 pm: Ashok Gehlot says, “When someone asked Rahul Gandhi what his religion is, he said it is the national flag. They have never taken a Ministerial berth or become Prime Ministers, but BJP is scared of Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.”
6.05 pm: Gandhi addressing the public in Fagvel says that interacting with people along the yatra has made it clear that there is visible antagonism towards BJP.
He adds, “I am a Congress leader, but today I am the son of Gujarat. I am speaking for Gujarat. No matter how much marketing the BJP indulges in, they cannot hide the truth of the state anymore.”
5.56 pm: Bharatsinh Solanki, Gujarat Congress Chief takes a potshot at Vijay Rupani. Solanki in his address says, “Vijay Rupani is a rubber stamp Chief Minister. He only does as much as Amit Shah asks him to do from Delhi. Now, Amit Shah himself wants to become the Chief Minister of Gujarat. But they won’t even get 50 seats in the upcoming polls.”
5.44 pm: Rahul Gandhi reaches his last stop for the day. The Congress leader will shortly be addressing a public gathering in Fagvel.
5.20 pm: Rahul Gandhi reaches Bhathiji Maharaj temple in Fagvel to offer prayers
4.46 pm: Like the previous meetings with traders, Gandhi’s discussion with small businessmen in dhabha also centred around GST and its implementation.
4.25 pm: Congress VP is holding a Vishwakarma samvad with daily wage workers inside the Dhabha. Media is not allowed inside.
4.22 pm: Gandhi has stopped at a Dabha on the way to Fagvel sabha
4.00 pm: A man breaks security protocol to hand over a photograph to Rahul at the door of the bus in Godhra. The crowd is still following the bus. SPG has pulled off keys of a few bikes that refused to go away from the bus
3.59 pm: Among the crowd in Godhra are members of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) with blue red flags
3.55 pm: Four police jeeps have surrounded the bus to steer it through the crowd.
3.50 pm: Huge crowd of people have gathered near the bus. Gandhi comes to the door to pacify them and warn them about coming under the wheels.
— Aditi Raja (@aditijf) October 11, 2017
3.24 pm: Listing out schemes under UPA, Gandhi says, Congress brought the land acquisition law, food security bill, MNREGA for people.
3.22 pm: Congress V-P is currently addressing a gathering in Morva Hadaf assembly constituency in Panchmahals District. Morva Hadaf, a crucial seat in the polls, was among the 15 of 27 Tribal seats that Congress won in 2012 Assembly polls. However, in the subsequent bypolls the party lost the constituency.
3.11 pm: During the public meeting at Sant Road, in an attack against PM Modi, Gandhi said, “Modiji lied so much to tribals and the poor that ‘Vikas’ turned a lunatic”
3.03 pm: Rahul Gandhi stops at Sant Road to address a public meeting. He had also attended a bhajan program at Kabir Mandir a little while ago.
2:27 pm: Rahul Gandhi’s convoy is now heading towards Kabir Mandir on Sant Road, on its way to Godhra.
2:25 pm: Rahul Gandhi continued his attack on PM Modi and Amit Shah at Adivasi Adhikar meeting in Limkheda, Dahod district. Speaking to public, the Congress leader asked, “Do you see Nano any more? Congress gave Rs 35000 crore land for MNREGA in Gujarat. They spent it on Nano plant.” He further added: “Can you imagine how many people would have got employment with Rs 35000 Cr MNREGA grant?” The Congress leader further reiterated “Chowkidaar chup kyun hai” jibe at PM Modui and attacked Amit Shah over son Jay’s company.
1.50 pm: Rahul Gandhi’s Navsarjan Yatra is now heading to Limkheda in Dahod District, where the Congress vice-president will address a public meeting on tribal rights.
1:25 pm: Again speaking about “vikas” Gandhi said, “We will bring Vikas back from the pagalkhana where Modiji has sent him.”
1:20 pm: Rahul Gandhi said that people have become aware about the true image of PM Modi. “People have seen through the image they created for Modiji; a new govt is coming to Gujarat.” He added: “Your new govt will not be of PM ki Man ki Baat; it will be a govt of your Man ki Baat.”
1:17 pm: “Fuel prices in India are increasing when global fuel prices are falling; he calls this Vikas,” Rahul Gandhi lamented the rising prices. Speaking to the public, Gandhi asked: “I have a list of promises Modiji made to Adivasis. Did he give 5 lakh jobs? Homes? Irrigated farms? NO.” HE further added: “There is an undercurrent in Gujarat; the BJP is on a shaky ground.”
1:15 pm: He further directed his speech towards the ongoing controversy against Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah. “I still don’t understand why a profitable, shining company of Jay Shah was shut suddenly before demonetisation,” Gandhi said. He added: “Modiji & Amit Shah’s acche din came in 2014; now Congress will bring acche din in Gujarat.”
1:12 pm: Speaking on demonetisation, Rahul Gandhi said that PM Modi should have discussed the move with farmers and shop keepers before implementing it. “Had Modiji spoken to farmers, shop keepers, MNREGA workers, would have known cash is needed,” Gandhi said. He further accused that PM Modi helped people with black money to convert it to white. “Modiji made common people stand in bank queues; he helped those who really had black money to convert to white.”
1:10 pm: Speaking on the topic of unemployment, Gandhi saidm “What is the point of having universities if the youth have no employment?” He further added: “They take money from you for education; give it to industrialists, who live in luxurious homes.”
1:05 pm: Rahul Gandhi begins his address at Devgarh Baria. Speaking to the public, Gandhi said, “What happened to Vikas in Gujarat? I heard Vikas has gone mad?” He further added: Amit Shah, Modiji have turned Vikas mad. Tell me, did Modiji give you Narmada water? Modi took your land for Narmada, but gave the water to top 10 industrialists.”
— Congress (@INCIndia) October 11, 2017
1:00 pm: BJP looks down upon women, believes in untouchability: Congress leader Bharatsinh Solanki at Devgarh Baria. Describing BJP’s “Gaurav Yatra” as “Antim Yatra”, Solanki said, “BJP’s Gaurav Yatra is their Antim Yatra. The BJP is petrified by Rahulji’s visit.”
12:45 pm: Rahul Gandhi reaches Devgarh Baria to a tribal welcome by party leader Bharat Vakhal. The Congress leader will address a public meeting on unemployment shortly.
12:20 pm: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has launched scathing attacks against Modi government over several issues – ranging from economy to Doklam, governance to farmers issues and “Modi model” to GST – in last one month. Here are some of the highlights of Gandhi’s quotes.
12:10 pm: Amid the on-going political campaign launched by Congress in Gujarat, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kanu Kalsariya met with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, in a bid to seek hi support for his independent candidature from Mahuva constituency of Bhavnagar in Saurashtra. Speaking with The Indian Express, Kalsariya said, “Yes, I met Rahul Gandhi yesterday in his car for around half an hour. I have sought Congress’s support in terms of not fielding their candidate for Mahuva constituency from where I am planning to contest the election. And in turn, I have assured him that I will not contest the election under the banner of AAP, but as an independent candidate.” Read More
11:50 am: Rahul Gandhi was greeted by villagers of zoz village in Chhota Udepur on his way to Devgarh Baria. See visuals below:
11:40 am: Rahul Gandhi, in interaction with local media in Chhota Udaipur district:
— Congress (@INCIndia) October 11, 2017
11:30 am: Rahul Gandhi, at an interactive session with students from universties in Vadodara, on Tuesday questione RSS for not including women in their shakhas and claimed that “till women remain silent, they are good”. On being asked about free education for girls in Gujarat being discontinued, Gandhi said, “If you see the education statistics for girls, Gujarat does not feature in the top 10. This is because Modi’s words are hollow. It is in Congress nature to strengthen women and we will do it in the sector of girl’s education.” Read More
11:17 am: Rahul Gandhi raked up the controversies surrounding Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah on the second day of his Gujarat visit. Addressing a crowd in Karjan, Gandhi said, “In 2001, when Modiji took over as the chief minister of Gujarat, the state’s outstanding loan amount was Rs 6,000 crores. Today, it is Rs 2 lakh crore. The question is, who benefited from this loan? …Only one out of eight businesses have succeeded… Do you know whose business succeeded? Amit Shah’s son’s.” Read More
11:15 am: After interaction with tribal students in Chhota Udaipur district, Rahul Gandhi is proceeding towards Devgarh Baria in Dahod district. He will address a corner meeting on unemployment here.
— Congress (@INCIndia) October 11, 2017
10:55 am: Rahul Gandhi to tribal students: “Congress is coming to Gujarat to change what is wrong. We will restore your parents’ honour.”
10:52 am: Rahul Gandhi, interacting with tribal students in Chhota Udaipur district of Gujarat, said that that the colleges in the state have been taken over by industrialists. “You say you have no future in Gujarat; they are snatching your money to secure future of 10 people. All colleges have been handed over to industrialists; if you want Education, give them money,” Gandhi said. “This is the reality of Gujarat; this is happening for 22 years. They insult your hard working parents,” he added.
10:47 am: Rahul Gandhi asks tribal students: “In Australia, a campaign is going on against Adani; But not in Gujarat. Did you ask why?”
10:42 am: Rahul Gandhi, in an interaction with tribal students in Chhota Udaipur asked: “You all are pursuing college education. Do you think you will get employment too? Are you hopeful of getting employment and job security in Gujarat?” Students present in the interaction replied in the negative. “If a govt is giving education to all, but not able to commit jobs, no use of spending money on education,” Gandhi said.
10:38 am: In an interaction with Rahul Gandhi, tribal students asked: “We don’t have colleges for higher education in Chhota Udepur; we don’t have buses coming to our villages.” In his response, Gandhi said, “Didn’t you ask Modiji during such an interaction why there are no colleges, buses in villages?”
10:35 am: Rahul Gandhi criticised Gujarat’s model of development during his interaction with tribal students. “Gujarat govt marketing is very different from reality. They have painted a perfect picture of this state,” Gandhi said. Students complained that politicans meet them and make promises during during elections but they go away. “What will we do after you go”? In his response, Gandhi said, “I am here to listen to your Man Ki Baat, not to give you a speech.”
10:30 am: Rahul Gandhi to tribal students: “Tribals know so much about environment. They have so much to give the country.” He further added: “Adivasis are integral part of Indian culture. The country cannot develop without them.”
10:26 am: When students asked Rahul Gandhi why there is no electricity in villages, Gandhi said, “You must ask the Prime Minister, Chief Minister.”
10:25 am: In an interaction with Rahul Gandhi, tribal students complained about lack of teachers and infrastructure in govt schools. They further said that students are forced to attend state govt programs in Gujarat and their buses are diverted to events. In his response, the Congress leader said that his party will correct the Education system. He further said that the state government govt has not given enough funds for education system.
10:20 am: Rahul Gandhi begins Day 3 of Navsarjan Gujarat Yatra in Chhota Udepur with an interaction with tribal students.
9:45 am Rahul Gandhi’s travel programme in Gujarat on October 11th 2017: Congress vice-president will interact with tribal students at Darbar Hall in Chhota Udaipur district at around 10 am. He will later hold a corner meeting at Devgarh Baria in Dahod district at around 11:45 am. He will move to hold a corner meeting at Limkheda in Dahod district at around 12:45 am. Then, Gandhi will go for a Darshan at Kabir Mandir at Saliya in Dahod district. He will later hold a corner meeting at Sant Road High School Ground in Panchmahal district. He will also interact with skilled workers at Harpreet Dhaba in Tuwa Village in Panchamahal district. He will later go for a darshan at Bhathiji Maharaj Temple at Fagwel in Kheda district. At around 5:30 pm in the evening, Gandhi will hold a public meeting at Fagwel Panchayat Ground in Kheda district.
9:30 am: Rahul Gandhi will travel from Chhota Udaipur district to Kheda district on Day 3 of his visit to Gujarat.
— Congress (@INCIndia) October 11, 2017
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