In PM Modi’s home turf, Rahul uses GST, Pulwama attack to target BJPhttps://indianexpress.com/elections/congress-working-committee-rahul-gandhi-sonia-gandhi-priyanka-hardik-patel-5622601/

In PM Modi’s home turf, Rahul uses GST, Pulwama attack to target BJP

With the Congress top leadership in attendance, including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel joined the party and also attended the CWC meeting.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. (Javed Raja)

Taking on Narendra Modi at his home turf in Gujarat, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday attacked the prime minister over his 2014 promise of “depositing” Rs 15 lakh in the account of every citizen.

At a rally in Adalaj village of Gandhinagar district, held after the Congress Working Committee meeting, Gandhi asked: “Did people get Rs 15 lakh into their bank accounts as promised by Narendra Modi?”.

The Congress chief also played to the gallery in the business-driven state by claiming that “Gabbar Singh Tax”, his oft-repeated jibe for the Goods and Services Tax (GST), was beyond the understanding of traders.

“Gabbar Singh Tax (GST) can’t be understood by our traders even today (after it was implemented nationwide last year),” he said.

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Turning his attention on the Pulwama terror attack, Gandhi said it was National Security Adviser Ajit Doval who had gone to free Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar in a “special plane”.

“Who sent Pulwama terror attack perpetrator Masood Azhar to Pakistan?” he asked the crowd. “Masood Azhar was sent in a special aircraft and NSA Ajit Doval accompanied him,” Gandhi said.

CWC meet resolves to defeat RSS/ BJP ideology of fascism, hatred

Officially sounding the poll bugle from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said no sacrifice was too great to defeat the ideology of RSS and BJP. He was addressing the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting at the Sardar Patel National Memorial in Ahmedabad.

“On the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi ji’s historic Dandi March, the Congress Working Committee in Ahmedabad resolved to defeat the RSS/ BJP ideology of fascism, hatred, anger, and divisiveness. No sacrifice is too great in this endeavor; no effort too little; this battle will be won,” Gandhi said.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. (Javed Raja)

A resolution passed at the CWC meeting said PM Modi was “cynically exploiting the issue of national security to divert attention from colossal failures” even as it said in the same breath that “the country stood united to defeat the nefarious agenda of India’s enemies”.

“An atmosphere of fear, insecurity, pervasive particularly among women, students, academics, and business community is prevailing in the country. Deliberate attacks are being made on constitutional and other safeguards for SCs, STs, OBCs, and minorities,” the resolution further said.

With the Congress top leadership in attendance, including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel joined the party and also attended the CWC meeting.

“I would also like to state that if there is no legal hindrance and the party decides to field me in electoral politics, I would abide by the party’s decision and contest the elections,” Patel said.

The CWC, Congress’s highest decision-making body, met in Gujarat after a gap of 58 years. (Javed Raja)

The meeting was also attended by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, her first since she was formally inducted into the Congress as general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh.

The CWC, Congress’s highest decision-making body, met in Gujarat after a gap of 58 years — the last was in 1961 in Bhavnagar. It assumes significance as Gujarat is the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

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Coming two days after the Election Commission announced the Lok Sabha poll schedule, beginning from April 11 to May 19 with the counting of votes on May 23, the CWC discussed issues regarding national security, governance, agrarian and economic crisis, unemployment and women’s safety.

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