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Modi's 'politics of anger' responsible for Gujarat violence: Rahul

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the violence in Gujarat triggered by the movement for reservations for the Patel community, saying it was a repercussion of the 'politics of anger' pursued by the PM.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2015 16:27 IST
Toufiq Rashid
Toufiq Rashid
Hindustan Times
Rahul Gandhi,Gujarat,Jammu and Kashmir

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday Prime Minister Narendra Modi's politics of 'anger' is responsible for the ongoing violence in Gujarat following an agitation by the Patel community for reservations in education and jobs.

"Congress party believes in inclusive politics, we believe in taking everybody together. However, the Modi government has always believed in the politics of anger and what is happening in Gujarat right now is the result of that politics," said Gandhi.

At least eight people have died in widespread violence triggered by the Patel community's demand for reservations forcing the government to deploy the army and impose a curfew in parts of the state.

Six people were killed in firing by police and paramilitary forces, while two others died following clashes which started Wednesday night, police said. Four deaths were reported in Ahmedabad, three in Gadh village of Banaskantha district and one in Mehsana town.

Curfew has been clamped in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Mehsana, Patan, Palanpur, Unjha, Visnagar and Jamnagar towns.

"The BJP government believes in spreading this anger but I want to tell everybody that it will help only Modi government and no one else,'' he said adding, "No farmer, businessman or common man is ever going to benefit by this".

Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, was in south Kashmir interacting with farmers associated with the National Saffron Mission in Pulwama.

The Congress scion said that the saffron growers in Kashmir are very unhappy.

"They are unhappy like the farmers in rest of the country as the government at the Centre is an anti-farmer government," he said.

Taking a dig at the Modi government, Gandhi again called it a "suit-boot ki sarkar".

"It is the government of only one suit, or, may be a few suits. They are not bothered about anybody else," he added.

Gandhi had arrived in Balakote in Jammu on Wednesday to meet the victims of Pakistan firing and visit the areas affected in the ceasefire violations. He met people who have been affected by the cross-border shelling.

He will later address party workers in north Kashmir's volatile Sopore area.

First Published: Aug 27, 2015 14:04 IST