Published: Thu, November 30, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

PM, Rahul Gandhi, Hardik trade barbs in Gujarat battle

PM, Rahul Gandhi, Hardik trade barbs in Gujarat battle

Morbi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday attacked the Congress Party's "feudal mindset" yet again, by bringing up a decades-old visit of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to Gujarat's Morbi. On Wednesday, Rahul took a swipe at Modi over his emotional exhortations, calling him an "excellent actor better than Amitabh Bachchan".

At a time when Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's visit to famous Somnath temple ahead of the crucial Gujarat Assembly elections has erupted war of words between the ruling BJP and the Congress, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in an exclusive interview to India TV, on Thursday said that the Gandhi scion is becoming a butt of jokes due to his "childish behaviour". "All the communities are raising their voice here against the government".

"You always had a grudge against Gujarat".

He said on one side there are Gujaratis who are walking the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi, a "fakir" (an ascetic), and on the other, "there are descendants of another Gandhi, who belong to a royal family".

Rahul Gandhi seeks explanation from the Prime Minister in the Rafale deal, asks on what basis was Rafale favoured over Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. He also raked up the Rafale deal and sought to know if due procedures were followed before formalising the deal with France past year for procuring the fighter jets. "You are beaten up, you have to face bullets", Gandhi said. Gandhi asked. Cornering the state BJP government over the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of cotton and groundnut, the major crops of Saurashtra region, he said: "When UPA government was giving Rs 1,200 per quintal for the cotton, Modi had demanded Rs 2,000". Same is the case with the groundnut. "Even a year later, they are crying over the move". It means that every Gujarat resident has a debt of Rs 37,000 on his head. Modi also needs to give account of the employment provided by his government to the youth of this country.

In a dig at Mr Gandhi over his visit to the Somnath Temple, Mr Modi said "our first PM (Jawaharlal Nehru) was not happy with the idea of a temple being built there", and added: "If there was no Sardar Patel, the temple in Somnath would never have been possible".

Prime Minister Modi is expected to attend at least 20 public meetings and rallies in the next 15 days ahead of the assembly polls to be held on December 9 and 14.

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