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The AICC vice President Rahul Gandhi today categorically targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said thousands of youths in Gujarat, representing to all castes, will not remain silent now and their voices cannot be “suppressed” or “purchased”. He also appealed to the PM Narendra Modi that nation wants to hear from you that how BJP president Amit Shah’s son business turn over increased 16000 times. Although BJP president and his son has outrightly rejected this report. He was addressing a rally to mark formal joining of OBC leader Alpesh Thakor in the Congress as part of its strategy to increase the political and social base on the long-ruling BJP. As we know that congress is out from power here for the last 22 years.
Gandhi attacked Modi and the BJP while latching on to the bribery allegation made by Narendra Patel, an activist of the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS).
Narendra Patel had alleged that he was offered Rs one crore by the BJP and was given a token amount of Rs 10 lakh, a charge rubbished by the BJP. Rahul Gandhi said ” This Gujarati voice is not an ordinary voice. This voice of Gujarat cannot be silenced or suppressed. You can offer any thing, (Rs) one crore, (Rs) 10 crore, (Rs) 50 crore, (Rs) 1000 crore, entire budget of India, entire money of the world, (but) this
Gujarati voice cannot be purchased.”
In the past also, there were attempts to suppress this voice. British tried to suppress Gandhiji, first in South Africa, then in Gujarat and India. But the voice of Gujarat drove out that superpower from the country,” he said.
“Sardar Patelji, Gandhiji were from this land and they used to protect the voice of Gujarat,” he said.
“But today this (BJP) government wants to suppress Gujarat’s voice. They are so scared that they want to buy the voice,” Gandhi alleged, adding “Modiji, there is no price tag for this voice. Modiji you cannot purchase Gujarat’s voice.”
During Gandhi’s speech, Alpesh Thakor asked the crowd to be silent and listen to the Congress vice president’s speech.
At this, Gandhi said, “You want to make the crowd silent Alpeshji? But they cannot remain silent. Modiji has harassed them so much that they cannot remain silent.”
The rally was organised by Thakor and his supporters.
In his 30-minute speech, Gandhi alleged that every caste is agitating here, he is surprised that everybody is agitating here. They are fed up with the false promises of the BJP government.
Targetting Modi and BJP president Amit Shah on the issue of alleged business deals of the latter’s son Jay Shah, Rahul said “during his recent visit to Gujarat, PM Modi spoke on every issue except the company of Jay Shah. Modiji Make in India has failed. Only one company has benefited out of it. The company was worth of Rs 50,000 and not made any progress till 2014. But after 2014 it grew to Rs 80 crore”.
Modiji just speak one sentence about it. As you had claimed that Na khaunga na khane dunga (you will not indulge in corruption and would not allow others to do it), then what is this, Gandhi questioned.
On october 21, Thakor had met Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi and later announced that he would soon join the Congress. Meanwhile the Congress has managed to win the confidence of Hardik Patel and Mevani too. The party is inviting them to join hands with the aim of expanding its base by securing the support of Patels, OBCs and Dalits, and dent the BJP’s poll prospects in its stronghold.
NOTE–based on audio-video footage of Rahul Gandhi’s address from social media