Sanand (Gujarat): Making his first appearance in the Gujarat Assembly election campaign, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday unleashed an attack on Chief Minister Narendra Modi calling him a "marketeer" who does false propaganda claiming progress in the state.
"People's voice is not heard in Gujarat. The government of Gujarat and the Chief Minister do not want to listen to you. He wants to hear only his own voice. He has his dream and he thinks only about his own dream. A true leader makes people's dream his own dream," he said addressing a rally here, the town where Tata Motors relocated from Singur to make low-cost Nano car.
The Congress General Secretary claimed that a false propaganda that Gujarat was making all round progress has been launched but contrary to this there is rampant corruption in the state, unemployment is very high and there is all round failure.
"The marketeer says Gujarat is shining. But tell me how many hours people get water? People get water for 25 minutes in every three days. But marketeer says Gujarat is shining. There are 10 lakh unemployed youth in Gujarat. But marketer says Gujarat is shining," he said.
Rahul said voice of poor and down-trodden is suppressed in Gujarat as the leader does not want to hear common people's grievances.
"Gandhiji and Nehruji always wanted to hear people's voice. They were true leaders," he said.
The Congress leader claimed that even opposition's voice is curbed in Gujarat as the Assembly sits for just 25 days in a year and very often opposition leaders are thrown out of the House.
Modi doesn't listen to ordinary Gujarati: Rahul

In another attack on Gujarat Chief Minister, Rahul Gandhi said that only one voice was heard in the state.

Gandhi also criticized the Gujarat government for neglecting important issues such as availability of water and jobs.

"Gujarat is shining but here you get water for 25 minutes every third day and 10 lakh youth are jobless," Gandhi said in this town, about 300 km from the state's main city Ahmedabad.

Gandhi further said the power of Gujarat was in its youth and its poor but that strength was being suppressed by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"Gujarat is not run by one man but by the people of the state," he said.

Praising the Congress-led central government for bringing the Right To Information (RTI) act, he said corruption cases in Gujarat would have remained hidden had it not been for RTI.

"People talk of corruption. We implemented RTI because we wanted to give voice to the common man," he said.

Anticipation has been built whether Rahul will directly take on Modi. The Congress managers don’t want to make the Gujarat polls Modi vs Rahul. If Rahul launches massive campaign for the Gujarat polls and the Congress fails to perform well, he will be blamed for the party’s poor showing.

Certainly, it will give wrong message among the masses as Rahul is likely to be projected as the Prime Ministerial candidate during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.


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