Countering PM Narendra Modi’s allegation that the Congress and the Nehru-Gandhi family hate people of Gujarat and have done injustice towards them, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Monday said his family’s political guru Mahatma Gandhi was a Gujarati whose thinking they have imbibed.
Interacting with The Indian Express on a special vehicle for mediapersons covering his campaign, Rahul said: My family’s political guru Mahatma Gandhi was a Gujarati. We have imbibed it fundamentally and shared it. And, it is Gujarati thinking. We do not look at the state, but the person. Gujarat has given India a lot of strength — whether it is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel or Gandhiji. It’s a fact, but BJP has a style of distorting facts.”
On the concluding day of his Gujarat Navsarjan Yatra, Rahul was given a grand reception by the Patidars in Mehsana town, epicentre of the quota agitation. Earlier in the day, he campaigned in Patan and Mehsana districts, known to be bastions of BJP.
Addressing the Patidars, Rahul said, “The BJP government fired bullets at you, they hit you with sticks, they have committed atrocities. The Congress government will be the one to bring change.”
Rahul visited the temple of Veer Meghmaya, revered by the Dalits, in Patan. He later visited UNESCO world heritage site, Ran Ki Vav, in Patan before holding an interaction with a group of Dalits there. He also visited the temple of Khodiyar at Varana.