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Gujarat elections: Amit Shah turns remote, Vijay Rupani jumps, says Rahul Gandhi

"Amit Shah runs Gujarat government with a remote control. Like the way a radio is tuned, he turns it and CM Vijay Rupani jumps around," the Congress president-to-be said

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
Updated: December 11, 2017 3:29:25 am
Rahul Gandhi Gujarat election rally Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi at an election campaign in Dehgam, Gandhinagar district. (Express photo by Javed Raja)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday accused BJP national president Amit Shah of controlling the state government and its Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani, with a remote.

At an election rally in Deohar Assembly constituency of north Gujarat’s Banskantha, Rahul also referred to the allegations raised against the firm owned by Shah’s son Jay Shah.

“Amit Shah runs the Gujarat government with a remote control. Like the way a radio is tuned, he turns it, and Rupaniji jumps around,” said Rahul.

Urging people to vote in large numbers, Rahul said the Congress was confident of victory. “The government of industrialists will go and a people’s government will be ushered in.”

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A Congress government wo-uld divert the money “spent on industrialists” in Gujarat to the health and education sectors, he added. “You will get a card in the name of Sardar Patel. Take this card to government hospitals, show it at the pharmacy, and take away free medicines. These are not hollow words. See, Ashok Gehlotji who implemented the scheme in Rajasthan (the former Rajasthan CM, the Congress general secretary in-charge of Gujarat, was with Rahul at the rally). We will replicate it in Gujarat.”

Apart from free medicines in government hospitals, Rahul also promised free education in government schools, colleges and universities.


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Speaking about the promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on giving adequate prices for agricultural produce such as cotton and groundnut, the Congress leader asked why these remained unfulfilled.

Talking about demonetisation and how it had hit businesses, Rahul said a “magical firm” owned by Jay Shah stood out like an “anar” (the fireracker) burst on Diwali. The Congress leader said the firm had managed to turn Rs 50,000 into Rs 85 crore in just three months. The BJP has said that the Rs 85 crore was actually the firm’s turnover, and it closed down after losses.

“The Prime Minister had said he wanted to become the chowkidar of the country. He doesn’t say a word (on Jay Shah). I don’t know why. Is he scared of Amit Shahji?” Rahul asked. “You said ‘na khaunga, na khaane dunga’. The theft has happened right in front of you. Not a word is said.”

In Dakor, Kheda, later in the day, Rahul asked what Modi had achieved. And replied that he had converted the black money of his friends into white. “Jo notebandi mein bacha, usko Gabbar Singh Tax ne khatam kar diya (Those who survived demonetisation, the GST finished them off).”

He asked why Modi had given “Rs 33,000 crore” to the Tata Nano plant instead of spending it on roads. Accusing the Modi government of giving land cheap to the Adani Group, Rahul said the

PM had stopped speaking about corruption.

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