Rahul Gandhi targets Modi’s Gujarat development model again, calls ‘MoUs’ a failure
On the third day of his Gujarat trip, Rahul took a dig at the Modi government’s policies, asking why ‘Vikas has gone crazy?’ referring to a popular jibe that has gone viral on internet.Updated: Sep 27, 2017 17:26 IST
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi continued his attack on BJP on Wednesday, calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “fake MoU model” a “failure”, and promising Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s model of development.
Gandhi started the third and last day of his Navsarjan Yatra in Saurashtra of poll-bound Gujarat by climbing 650 steps to reach the hilltop temple of Chamunda Ma at Chotila where he joined several other devotees in offering prayers.
“We never expected Rahul Gandhi as our fellow devotee. It was quite a surprise,” said Bhimbhai Arjan, a local.
Later, addressing a gathering, Gandhi took a dig at the Modi government’s policies, asking why “Vikas has gone crazy?”, referring to a popular jibe that has gone viral on internet under the Gujarati title “vikas gando thai gayo che”.
“India’s economy has been destroyed. But everyone is quiet because they are afraid to speak against Narendra Modiji. These are not my words. Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has written this in a newspaper article today,” he said.
Addressing a crowd of farmers and women, Gandhi asked them to vote Congress to power and promised to waive off farmers’ loan, give jobs to youth and empower women.
“Modiji’s fake MoU model is a failure. MoUs worth several thousands crore have been signed, but no work has been done. The Congress will bring back the old Gujarat model set by Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel,” he said.
Rahul Mocks Modi Over Demonetisation
Gandhi termed demonetisation a means to convert black money into white. “On November 8 last year, Modiji suddenly appeared on TV and said ‘from midnight Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes will be useless… ha ha ha’,” he said mocking the PM.
“Modiji said that black money will no more be part of the economy and the poor will get that money. Did you get a single penny? While medium and small scale industries are struggling, big industries and businessmen get all the benefits,” he said.
He also mentioned the case of liquor baron Vijay Mallya. “Government called Vijay Mallya for talks who had taken Rs 9,000 crore loan. The government has converted Rs 1.3 lakh crore loan of big industries into NPA. But the Congress will waive off farmers’ loan.”
“Modiji listens to a handful of industrialists and speaks his mann ki baat. But when it comes to loan waiver of farmers, he does not speak a word,” Gandhi said while maintaining that Gujarat and India cannot function without contribution from farmers and small industries.
Further attacking demonetisation move, Gandhi said, “With the help of Modiji, every thief of India has converted his black money to white.”
First Published: Sep 27, 2017 14:43 IST