Gujrat development balloon will burst
Wardha(Mah)/Satna(MP): Rahul Gandhi on friday flayed Narendra Modi’s much-touted Gujarat development model as a “new heavier balloon” filled with “gas” and said it will also burst like the BJP’s ‘India Shining’ campaign in 2004 and 2009.
“They(BJP) had made a balloon of ‘India Shining’ in 2004 and 2009. The people of India deflated it twice. This time they have blown a new, heavier balloon, the Gujarat model balloon filled with gas which will burst again,” Gandhi said renewing his attack on the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate.
The Congress Vice President was addressing a series of election rallies in Wardha and at Wadsa town in the tribal dominated and Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra and Satna in Madhya Pradesh.
Mocking Gujarat’s development model, he said 17 per cent of India’s GDP comes from Maharashtra.
“17 percent of the GDP of India comes from Maharashtra. There is no need to see the Gujarat model of development. Maharashtra is number one and there is nothing lacking out here,” he said.
“RTI is the biggest weapon against corruption. Transparency is ensured by the RTI,” he added.
Emphasising on women’s empowerment, Gandhi said there should be more representation for women in Vidhan Sabha, Lok Sabha and in business.
“We wanted to have 33 percent women in Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha, for which we wanted to pass the Bill. But the Opposition stopped it,” he said.
On the Congress-led UPA government waiving off Rs 70,000 crore loan given to farmers, Gandhi said, “Farmers give their sweat and blood for the country.”
“We got two years to bring the Land Acquisition Bill. You will get four times more the compensation as compared to the market rate. You stand by us very strongly,” he said.
Speaking on the recent hailstorm, which destroyed several hectares of crops in most parts of Maharashtra, he said, “Central government has announced Rs 800 crore package for the hailstorm affected farmers.”
Listing the employment opportunities that the Congress gave in its manifesto, Gandhi said employment will be given to crores of youth.
“A dedicated industrial corridor will be made for the crores of youth, which will give them employment opportunities. Our youth will start manufacturing things, that are currently imported,” he said.
“We are going to give you the right to health. We will do that in next five years. We wan’t the poor to feel that the country is yours,” he added.