On the second day of his three-day election campaign tour — Navsarjan Yatra — in Gujarat that began on Saturday from Danta in Banaskantha, Rahul Gandhi reached Patan on Sunday evening. Through the tour route, he targeted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Prime Minister Narendra Modi in particular, on alleged corruption. He said the party leaders were a mute spectator to corruption charges against Jay Shah, son of BJP President Amit Shah, and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
On Saturday, Rahul Gandhi took credit for forcing the government to reduce the GST on a number of items. He also advocated 18 per cent cap on the GST limit and assured to keep the pressure on the government on the issue. He blamed the government for haphazardly launching GST without actually evaluating its implications, resulting in causing losses to the small and medium scale businesses in Gujarat and other parts of the country.
Rahul raked up the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the unprecedented rise in Jay Shah’s wealth, which according to media reports showed a jump in its turnover from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 80 crore in a few months.
Rahul took a swipe at the PM by questioning his earlier stance of being the custodian of people’s wealth “chowkidar” (watchman) to now being a “bhagidar” (collaborator) in crimes of his own people.
Rahul throughout his public meetings on Saturday and Sunday kept on repeating the above narratives, along with reminding the people of the alleged atrocities the BJP government has brought upon the Patidars, Dalits, OBCs, small-scale workers and farmers.
He visited Palanpur, Mota, Deesa, Wadinath, Thara, Totana, Roda, Kansada Darwaja, and reached Patan on Sunday evening.
Rahul Gandhi who lately has acquired a more aggressive tone during his rallies also questioned the PM on SEBI imposing penalty on the HUF of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
Rahul questioned the silence of the PM on these two high-profile cases of those working at senior positions in the BJP, saying Modi deserved an explanation to the people.
Rahul Gandhi further said that corruption, exploitation, and atrocities in Gujarat are sweeping through the BJP rule.
He said, in Gujarat, the farmers and tribals have been robbed of their land, water, electricity, as PM Modi was friends with the industrialists and the common man’s rightful resource is being diverted to industries.
On unemployment, Rahul said China was employing 50,000 new people every day, whereas PM Modi was giving employment to only 450 youths.
Will Rahul’s aggressive look work for the Congress? This will be known in the days to come.