Addressing an election rally in Kheda district of Gujarat, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of dumping the development agenda and talking only about himself during campaigning for the state polls.
Rahul Gandhi focused attacking gujarat fake growth model and said that PM Modi had frequently changed the election planks and now the prime minister was left with nothing to speak about.This is why PM Modi is only talking about himself, Rahul Gandhi said.
"The BJP took a right turn. It said the election will not be contested on Narmada...let's contest it on the issue of other backward classes (OBCs)," he said.
"But then the OBCs said the BJP government did not do anything for them. After five-six days, the BJP made a sharp left turn and said it would take out development yatra and talk about 22 years of development," he added.
The Congress leader said he listened to the PM's speech yesterday in which "Modiji talked about Modiji for 90 per cent of the time... First right turn, then left turn, then apply brakes."
"The election is not about Modiji, nor is it about me. It is neither about the BJP nor the Congress. This election is about the future of the people of Gujarat," Rahul Gandhi said.
Criticising Modi over his election rallies which run parallel to his public meetings ahead of the second phase of the polls, Rahul Gandhi accused the prime minister of not talking his future plans for the state and keeping mum on the issue of "corruption."
He also questioned the prime minister over his silence on the agitations by various communities, including Patels, Dalits, anganwadi workers, among others. Rahul Gandhi said the truth had caught up with the BJP and it could go nowhere from here.
The Congress leader attacked Modi over demonetisation and GST, saying the note ban helped all "thieves" convert their "black money into white" and the "Gabbar Singh Tax" destroyed small businesses and rendered one lakh people jobless.
"For 60-70 minutes Modiji talks about himself but does not utter a word about note ban and Gabbar Singh. I was sitting in a tea shop. The tea seller said, Rahulji, I am making Rs 50 instead of Rs 100 I made before GST. He (Modi) has caused us 50 per cent loss," Rahul Gandhi said.
Rahul Gandhi also raised the issue of BJP president Amit Shah's son Jay Shah's business dealings whereby he allegedly "converted Rs 50,000 into Rs 80 crore", and the Rafale fighter jet deal.
"You must have observed Modiji does not talk about corruption in his speeches. He made you stand in the queue and imposed the Gabbar Singh Tax," he said adding, "Earlier he used to say 'na khaunga na khane dunga'. Now he does not utter a word on corruption," Gandhi added.
Source : PTI inputs