To gain lost ground in Gujarat, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been extensively touring the state ahead of elections to the 182-seat assembly.
During his recent visit to the state, Rahul Gandhi slammed the Narendra Modi-government saying the fight in the state is between “satya (truth) and asatya (falsehood)”, and he was here to offer the truth. On India’s rise in the ‘ease of doing business’ rankings, Congress VP said that India doesn’t need a certificate from a foreign institute. He also targetted the government on issues such as unemployment, GST and demonetisation.
On alleged falsehoods:
Slamming the Modi-government in his November 3 rally, Rahul Gandhi said that “sachhai (truth)” of Gujarat is very different from the one being presented by the BJP. “Many years ago, a war took place between satya and asatya. Pandavas had only truth with them and Kauravas had a huge army with them… Similarly, today the fight is between satya and asatya. And I want to tell you that I also do not have anything to offer but truth. Modiji has state governments, central government, police, Army… But falsehood never wins,” he said.
BJP government has gifted Rs 33,000 crore to Tata Motors for Nano car plant but with the same money Congress had implemented MNREGA in the country, Rahul Gandhi said.
“The truth of Gujarat is the farmers’ plight, expensive education, expensive healthcare. Gujarat’s truth is bullets fired at Patidars and sticks hurled at Dalits. Unemployment is Gujarat’s reality.
“The truth of BJP is the benefit of five to 10 industrialists, its gift of Rs 33,000 crore to Tata Motors for Nano car plant,” he said.
“Modiji promised 2 crore jobs to youths. In China, 50,000 youths get employment every 24 hours. Whereas, in our entire country, only 450 youths get jobs in 24 hours…This is the miracle of PM’s ‘Make in India’ (campaign). This is the truth,” he added.
Referring Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as sons of Gujarat, Rahul said, “Similarly, Gujarat will also show the truth to the BJP in this election.”
Striking a chord with tribals, Rahul said that they had given their land to the BJP government for 22 long years in the hope that it would help in the development of Gujarat. “You gave everything — land, water — to them… And when you sought your rights back, the government refused, and said that nothing is yours, everything is of the five to 10 industrialists.”
On Bullet train:
Taking on Modi’s dream project, Rahul Gandhi said, “The freight corridor would have benefited more than a bullet train.
“I am saying that bullet train cannot be the strength of India, because it is made in Japan.”
Rahul said that the strength of India lies in being the world’s largest railway network where people can tour the entire country at the cheapest rates. “This needs to be appreciated… My thinking is a little different,” he said.
On ease of doing business:
On recent India’s rise in the ‘ease of doing business’ index, Rahul Gandhi from his first election rally in Gujarat said, “India doesn’t need certificate from foreign institute. India doesn’t need this, it needs a certificate from the people of India. You are talking about corruption, have you heard about Jay Shah’s name? He hasn’t spoken a word about him. I am very happy that Congress got the opportunity to serve the people of Gujarat,” he said, reacting to Arun Jaitley’s remark that “ease of doing corruption” has been replaced with “ease of doing business.”
On Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah:
Slamming BJP national president Amit Shah and his son Jay Shah, Rahul Gandhi said, “Let’s talk about Shah-zada. The one business that emerged from the tornado of losses. Jay Shah’s company is the example of Modiji’s ‘Na khaunga, na khaane dunga.” Commenting on GST, Rahul Gandhi said, “None of Modiji’s industrialists will pay 28 per cent GST on goods, common people will. You will.”
On failed promises to farmers:
On Modi’s false promise to farmers, Rahul Gandhi said, “Modiji’s PR cannot erase the truth that he broke the trust farmers had placed in him; no one got employment. You, farmers, voted for BJP due to this unwritten promise of employment made by Modiji. In 2007, he promised Rs 15000 Cr to tribals under Vanbandhu Kalyan; in 2012, Rs 40000 Cr. Where is this Rs 55000 Cr. Modiji promised Rs 11000cr to fishermen, didn’t give them a single rupee.”
The next government in Gujarat will be a government of farmers, poor, traders and not of “Modi’s industrialists”, he said.
“BJP is going to get a current (shock) in the upcoming polls in Gujarat; people have understood the truth. The next govt of Gujarat will be of farmers, poor, traders, not of Modiji’s industrialists,” said Rahul Gandhi.
“Modiji doesn’t understand that all money is not black money; black money is that which is buried underground. It’s been 3 yrs since Modi govt; how many Swiss bank account holders are behind bars? Modi spoke of Swiss bank accounts and black money, what did he do to bring it back? Look at Vijay Mallya, he’s enjoying himself in London. What did Modiji do?” Rahul Gandhi on Modi’s promise to bring black money from Swiss bank accounts.
On Gujarat model:
Criticising Modi’s Gujarat development model, Rahul Gandhi said, “If you go to a hospital in Gujarat model, you will get thrown without lakhs of rupees in your pockets…Gujarat model hai bhaiya , Gujarat model. If you don’t have money, then work doesn’t get done here.”