Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the PM was promoting Make in India only for namesake since he has given the contract to build the Statue of Unity to China.
Rahul also said that it is a matter of shame that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s statue too is being cast in China.
The Congress leader was addressing people on the second day of his three-day Saurashtra tour.
“NDA government gives employment to only one lakh persons per year in the country… Our competition is with China. Whatever you buy from shops, be it watch, camera, shirt, pants–‘Made in China’ will be written on back of them all. Sardar Patel’s statue is being built. But that too is being cast in China and ‘Made in China’ will be inscribed there at its back. This is a matter of shame,” Rahul said while addressing a gathering in Dhrol town of Jamnagar along his Navsarajan Yatra route.
Rahul, addressing the Patidars present in the gathering said if the Congress came to power in the state it will take everybody along and make Gujarat prosperous. “I want to tell Patidars who are standing here. BJP has fired on your community members and subjected them to atrocities. But this is not the way of Congress. We work in an environment of love and fraternity. We take everybody along. It is our promise that we shall take everybody along and take Gujarat forward,” he said.
Gujarat Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki exhorted the mainly Patidar crowd. He said that it was time to ‘take revenge for atrocities Patidars have been subjected during quota stir.’
Rahul said Patidars have to show a new way to India via Gujarat. “You gave Sardar Patel to country. Gujarat gave Sardar Patel to country. (Now), you have to show a way to entire country. Only Gujarat, and no other state can do it,” said Rahul.
“Governments in Gujarat and India have forgotten farmers… Whatever promises Modi gives to his industrialist friends, he fulfills them immediately. He gives him land, water electricity etc. But he doesn’t honour promises made to farmers, small businessmen, youths, labourers etc of Gujarat and India,” said Rahul.
He said if Congress comes to power, it will bolster cooperatives and help small businesses. “Modi’s Gujarat model is a failure. There is need to reintroduce the old Amul model, which takes everybody along. Congress will form government here, we shall take everybody on board and Gujarat will show the way to the entire country one more time,” added the Congress vice-president.