Terming the assembly elections in Gujarat a fight between truth and lies, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said truth lies with his party, and not the BJP.
“This is a fight between truth and lies. On one side, it is Gujarat’s people, on the other 5-10 industrialists. Modiji and BJP have everything, they have power in many states. They have power in the central government, in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. They have a lot of power, they have police.
“But the Congress party will win in Gujarat, because truth is with us. They don’t represent truth. Truth lies in the hearts of the people of Gujarat,” said Gandhi during a corner meeting in Pardi.
“There are about 30 lakh unemployed youth in Gujarat today. Modiji had promised two crore jobs every year. Only one lakh youth are given jobs every year. In China 50,000 jobs are created per day, under Modi government, it is 450 per day. It is a matter of shame.”
The Congress leader said all the communities in Gujarat are agitating against the state government, be it the Patidars, the Adivasis, Dalits and the farmers.
“The truth of Gujarat is corruption, land-grabbing, attack on Patidars, lathicharge on Dalits in Una, poverty of Adivasis and unemployment,” Gandhi said.
“The BJP government has handed over the resources of Gujarat like wealth, electricity, water, land, to just 5-10 industrialists. It gave Rs 33,000 crore to one company to manufacture Nano cars. In the past 10-15 days, I travelled more than 1,000 km, why couldn’t I see a single Nano car?
“I didn’t see it anywhere. Not just Gujarat, you’ll not see it anywhere. The question is..this money belonged to whom? Was it Tata company’s, the Chief Minister’s or did it belong to Gujarat’s farmers, labourers and the poor,” he asked.
“With a similar amount (Rs 33,000 crore), the Congress government implemented MNREGA scheme in the entire country, gave employment to crores,” said Gandhi, adding the same amount was given to one company by Gujarat government but the people of the state did not benefit from it.