Rahul Attacks Modi on Home Turf with GST, Masood Azhar Swipes
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Rahul Attacks Modi on Home Turf with GST, Masood Azhar Swipes

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Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday, 12 March, attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi with jibes over Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Masood Azhar. He was speaking at a rally in Adalaj village of Gandhinagar district, held after the Congress Working Committee meeting.

At the same event, Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel joined the Congress and Priyanka Gandhi addressed her maiden rally after assuming charge as Congress general secretary.

Earlier in the day, in a resolution passed at the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was "cynically exploiting" the issue of national security to divert attention from his "colossal failures" and "persistent falsehoods".

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Rahul Attacks Modi on Home Turf with GST, Masood Azhar Swipes
Rahul Attacks Modi on Home Turf with GST, Masood Azhar Swipes
  • The Congress held a rally in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state to sound its poll bugle for the crucial Lok Sabha elections
  • The party also held a public meeting in Adalaj in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat with the slogan of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’
  • The CWC meeting was held in Gujarat after a gap of 58 years. It was last held in the state in 1961 (at Bhavnagar)

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Speaking to reporters after the rally, Rahul Gandhi said, “The result (of Lok Sabha Elections 2019) will be very good in Gujarat as well as at the national level. There is anger among people. Government has failed completely in providing employment to the youth of the country.”

Rahul Attacks Modi on Home Turf with GST, Masood Azhar Swipes

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his 2014 promise of "depositing" Rs 15 lakh in the account of every citizen.

Gandhi also played to the gallery in the business- driven state by claiming that "Gabbar Singh Tax", his oft-repeated jibe for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was beyond the understanding of traders.

"Gabbar Singh Tax (GST) can't be understood by our traders even today (after its was implemented nationwide last year)," he said.

"Did people get Rs 15 lakh into their bank accounts as promised by Narendra Modi?" he asked at the well-attended rally.

Turning his attention on the Pulwama terror attack and the subsequent air strike by India and the aerial engagement with Pakistan Air Force the next day, Gandhi said it was National Security Adviser Ajit Doval who has sent Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar to freedom in a "special plane".

"Who sent Pulwama terror attack perpetrator Masood Azhar to Pakistan?" he asked the crowd.

"Masood Azhar was sent in a special aircraft and NSA Ajit Doval accompanied him," Gandhi answered his query for the crowd.

The Congress leader, however, did not reveal if he had any proof to substantiate his claim that Doval accompanied Azhar on a special flight.

In the next month's Lok Sabha polls, truth will win and hatred will be defeated, Gandhi said.

Hardik Patel Joins Congress; Praises Rahul, Attacks Modi

Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel joined the Congress in the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Justifying his decision to enter active politics ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Patel said he could now work for the six crore people of Gujarat in a better way.

After joining the Congress at its rally near Adalaj village in Gandhinagar district, Hardik in his address asked the gathering if it was the right decision.

To this, the people said, "Yes".

Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Patel said when the Congress decided to postpone its rally, earlier scheduled for 28 February, following the terror attack in Pulwama last month, the PM was busy addressing gatherings across the country.

The 25-year-old Patidar leader praised Rahul Gandhi, saying the Congress president is "honest".

"People ask me why I chose the Congress and Rahul Gandhi. I chose Rahul Gandhi because he is honest. He does not believe in working like a dictator," he said.

On the BJP's charge of dynastic politics in the Congress, Patel said there was nothing wrong if a politician's son wanted to be join the same field to serve people.

He asked the Congress cadres to get their act together to defeat the BJP in the next month's Lok Sabha polls.

(Source: PTI)

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