Published: Tue, September 26, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

BJP is not able to give people what they want: Rahul

BJP is not able to give people what they want: Rahul

If Gandhi aces Gujarat, chances are that not only would he be made the Congress president quite promptly, but his pitch to be the UPA's prime ministerial face would also be substantiated.

Gandhi, traveling in a specially-designed bus, sought to connect with villagers by interacting with them at regular intervals.

"The government must make sure that people are not deprived of these basic facilities", Gandhi said and promised free medicines and treatment if the Congress is voted to power in Gujarat. Farmers were badly hit, as they do not do transactions through phone or debit card. "They use cash to buy seeds or pay to farm laborers", said Gandhi.

She also showcased the demonetisation drive and introduction of goods and services tax (GST) as successes of the Modis government.

Sporting a chandan tilak from the Dwarkadhish shrine, he alleged the poor have no place in the Gujarat model of development, which he said benefited only a handful of businessmen.

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"Paani aata hain aapke wahan (Do you get water supply)?"

Stressing on the campaign he promised the people of Gujarat that if in the next polls Congress wins, the government in Gujarat will be a government of the farmers, a government of the poor and government of the youths.

He said the youths of the country wanted work but were not getting opportunities.

After Bhatia, Gandhi reached Nandana village, where he addressed school children. "Befitting reply to those who ask what happened in last 70 years". When we got independence, we did not have many good schools, big universities or companies.

As the Congress scion, attacked both the central and state governments over unemployment and farmer distress - two issues which are likely to hurt the BJP the most - huddling them together as the victims of "Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policy of crony capitalism", Gandhi drew applause with the crowd shouting even the names of corporate houses to drive home his point. On September 26, he will cover towns such as Dhrol and Tankara by road before reaching Rajkot. In fact, reminiscent of the last visit that Gandhi made to Gujarat, when his vehicle was attacked with stones and window panes smashed - injuring his security detail and others - this time, the Gujarat police has refused to allow Gandhi to hold an open-jeep roadshow, clearly showing how rattled the ruling BJP regime in the state and at the Centre is.

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