Surat: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday slammed the BJP-led NDA government saying that demonetisation and GST rollout had broken the legs of Surat traders.
Observing 'black day' in the country’s textile and diamond hub, he interacted with industry representatives and workers at Nirman Industries’ loom factory in Katargam industrial development area.
The Gandhi scion maintained that there was an 'attack' on India’s economy one year back.
“People told me that demonetisation and then GST have broken Surat’s legs. The industry has been finished by the twin blows in the entire country. The people said that they have been threatened," he told reporters.
Rahul added, "This not between the Congress and the BJP. This is about India’s competitiveness."
Meanwhile, Delhi BJP spokesperson tweeted a video of Gujarat textile markets where the traders are heard chanting 'Modi, Modi' when Rahul arrived at the location.
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On the other hand, the Bharaitya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday advised Rahul to stop lying and daydreaming.
Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Piyush Goyal targeted Gandhi over his recent demonetisation tweet.
Gandhi had tweeted, "Demonetisation is a tragedy. We stand with millions of honest Indians, whose lives and livelihoods were destroyed by PM`s (Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s) thoughtless act."
Talking to ANI on the same, Prasad said the Gandhi scion had been spreading lies on Twitter and should stop the practice.
"What has happened to Rahul Gandhi? Is he hell bent upon converting Indian National Congress to Indian Incorrect Congress? Sometimes he tweets about his dog. Now, he has tweeted in the name of a poor Nandlal to oppose demonetisation, who has said on record that he supports Prime Minister Modi as he is doing good work for the country. Rahul Gandhi thinks of only his family and makes a joke out of poor people`s pain, that too without realizing the truth," Prasad said.
On November 8, 2016, PM Modi had announced to demonetise 500- and 1000-rupee banknotes with an aim to weaken the black money or shadow economy in the country.
(With Agency inputs)