Despite demonetisation, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has continued to win elections across the country which includes the party pocketing 80 per cent on the 10000 gram panchayat seats in Gujarat, said chief minister Vijay Rupani on Friday.
“I clearly remember that elections for the gram panchayats were held immediately after demonetisation. The polls were held for 10000 gram panchayats in December 2016. In these elections, 80 per cent of the gram panchayats were won by the BJP,” said Rupani while interacting with mediapersons here.
“Thereafter elections were held in Maharashtra where BJP won. Then state assembly polls were held in five states and BJP emerged victorious with thumping majority in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Congress was swept away. This clearly shows that Congress does not enjoy people’s support on the issue of demonetisation,” he added.
Rupani hit back at the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi who is expected to be back on the election campaign trail in Gujarat in the coming days. Rupani said the statistics doled out by the Congress leader in his public speeches on the issue of demonetisation, Goods and Services Tax (GST), unemployment and closure of public schools were absolute “canards”.
Rupani said that the Congress was merely playing politics despite GST being important for the future of the country.
Rupani also flayed Rahul Gandhi was saying in the speeches that there were 30 lakh unemployed people in Gujarat. “I do not know from where he quotes these figures from or who writes his speeches.” Rupani said adding that Gujarat has topped in job creation during the last 14 years.”The figures of 2016 show that Gujarat accounted for 83 per cent of the total jobs created in India,” he said adding that there were a little over five lakh people seeking jobs through employment exchanges in the state.
He said that the figures of government-run schools being closed in Gujarat is also wrong. “Between 2002 and present, about 17000 schools have increased,” Rupani said. The chief minister also said that figures mentioned by Rahul about widow pension and Narmada waters being given to industries are also wrong. “Rahul is expected to come to Gujarat soon. He should clarify where he got these figures from,” Rupani added.