Terming Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s Gujarat visit dramatic and laughable, BJP on Monday said that his campaign in the state will boomerang on the Congress and ensure another victory for the BJP.
Gandhi began his three-day visit to Gujarat on Monday and attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Day 1 on various issues including GST, demonetisation and ‘Gujarat model’.
The BJP counterattacked Gandhi saying his visit would defeat his own party.
State BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya in a release said, “The Congress has lost elections wherever Rahul Gandhi had campaigned for the party. Under his leadership that party has lost 28 elections.”
Talking to journalists on his arrival in Jamnagar for a road show, the Congress vice president earlier said there was a strong undercurrent in favour of the Congress in Gujarat.
“Gandhi’s visit this time, like his previous three visits, is dramatic as well as laughable...It will only benefit the BJP,” Pandya said while taking a dig at Gandhi’s statement that people want change and that the Congress will come to power in Modi’s home state.
Moreover, the BJP spokesperson said that Gandhi’s allegations against PM Modi are baseless.
“Why Rahul Gandhi doesn’t reply to the injustice meted out to people of Gujarat when the Congress was ruling the Centre? Why did Congress oppose the Narmada Dam project which deprived farmers and women (in dry regions of the state) of water?” he asked.
Pandya accused the Congress of harbouring a “bias” against two top leaders from Gujarat—Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Morarji Desai.
“The Congress delayed conferring Bharat Ratna on Patel by over four decades whereas it unceremoniously removed Desai from the post of prime minister,” the BJP leader said.
Claiming that no member of the Gandhi family ever visited the famous Somnath temple in the state, Pandya said even the Congress vice president preferred to launch his tour by offering prayers at Lord Krishna temple in Dwarka.
The Somnath temple has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. Patel had envisioned the temple’s reconstruction which was completed in the 1950s.
(With PTI inputs)