Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat: “BJP is going to get a current (shock) in the upcoming polls in Gujarat; people have understood the truth. The next govt of Gujarat will be of farmers, poor, traders, not of
Modiji’s industrialists,” he said.
NEW DELHI: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is on a three-day visit to Gujarat, his first after the
Election Commission announced the dates for the upcoming assembly elections. Rahul Gandhi began the
third leg of his ‘Navsarjan Yatra’ from Jambusar, where he addressed a public meeting.
During his last visit, Rahul Gandhi attacked the Narendra Modi-led government’s policies and described
its new tax regime as “Gabbar Singh Tax”.
Rahul targeted the finance minister , saying the “entire country will shout to say that there is no
ease of doing business in India”. He was addressing a public rally in Gujarat, which goes to the polls
In its Ease of Doing Business report for 2018, an annual 190-country assessment of competitiveness, the
world Bank said India had for the first time jumped a record 30 places into the top 100 .
Rahul Gandhi also hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of black money and said
demonetisation had destroyed the country’s economy.
Gandhi said, “Yesterday Arun Jaitleyji said some foreign organisation has certified that India has
considerably improved in ease of doing business…Is he living in real or a dream world?”
The finance minister, he added, should meet small and mid-sized businessman for five-10 minutes and ask
if the situation had really improved.
“The entire country will shout and say ease of doing business is absent, you have destroyed it, your
demonetisation and GST have ruined it,” Gandhi said.
Earlier in the day, the Congress leader had tweeted in Hindi, taking off from a verse by Urdu poet
Mirza Ghalib to attack Jaitley.
“Sabko maloom hai ease of doing business ki haqeeqat, lekin khud ko khush rakhne ke liye Dr Jaitley ye
khayal achha hai (Everybody knows the reality of ease of doing business, but this thought is good Dr
Jaitley to keep yourself happy),” wrote Gandhi.
Gandhi claimed that the prime minister had failed to understand that a major portion of black money was
in the form of gold, land or parked in Swiss banks.
“On November 8 last year, Modiji banned Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. Small traders, shop keepers and
farmers, they all deal in cash. They are not thieves. Their cash was not black money. But Modiji failed
to understand that all the cash is not black money and all the black money is not in cash.”
“They (BJP) talked a lot about Swiss bank accounts. Now they are in power for the last three years. You
tell me how many Swiss bank account holders are in jail? Give me the name of one person Modiji has sent
to jail?” he asked.
Addressing the cheering crowd, he said Gujarat was the only state where no community was happy and
named OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel and Dalit leader Jignesh
Mevani to buttress his point.