Congress leaders on Sunday equated Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi with Nathuram Godse, the man who killed Mahatma Gandhi. The comparison was made by Union minister of state for drinking water and sanitation, Bharatsinh Solanki at a rally in Gandhinagar.
“Modi is Godse. In Gandhiji’s Gujarat falsehood has gained an upper hand,” said Solanki, even as a slew of Congress leaders from the Centre descended on the state to take part in the Congress’s Jan Vijay Nirdhar Mahasammelan rallies held across the state.
In all, ten rallies were held simultaneously on Sunday as part of the Congress’ poll campaign.
Speaking at a rally in Kheda, Union minister for mines, Dinisha Patel asked the Congress workers to prepare for a Diwali on December 20 taking a dig at Narendra Modi for his comment that BJP will celebrate Diwali on December 20.
Criticising the Modi-led BJP government, Patel said all the chief minister did was boast about achievements. “Most of the claims made by the government are false. It is time to throw it out,” he said. Sandeep Dixit, a Congress MP, claimed that state was the fastest growing state, but added, “This progress happened under the Congress rule and not otherwise as claimed by the chief minister,” said Dixit.
Meanwhile, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Arjun Modhwadia accused the chief minister of doling out largesse to corporates even as the poor farmers suffered in the state. Speaking at a rally in Surendranagar, Modhwadia said that under the Congress rule, farmers were given 12 to 15 hours of power supply. “But now, this has come down to six hours and the electricity cost is exorbitant,” he said. He also accused the government of selling education to self-financed institutes thus taking it out of the reach of poor students. Nilesh Rana, another leader, who attended the function also rued the lack of availability of medicines at Civil hospitals and primary health centres in the state.
In Gandhinagar, Union commerce, industry and textiles minister Anand Sharma questioned the Modi government’s tall claims of development. “The GDP of Bihar and Chhattisgarh is far ahead of Gujarat. The malnutrition among women and children in Gujarat is alarming,” said Sharma. He accused the government of indulging in false propaganda to mislead the people of Gujarat.
The party also talked of injustice to farmers in the state at rallies held in Sabarkantha and Mehsana. Minister in Haryana government Randeepsingh Surjewal said that farmers were being exploited lot in Gujarat under the Modi government.