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BJP, Narendra Modi believe in divide and rule: Rahul Gandhi

PTI | Last Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 18:01

Nagaon/Malda: Rahul Gandhi today accused the BJP and Narendra Modi of being divisive like the British Raj, while ridiculing its Gujarat model and also attacking the Mamata Banerjee government in Bengal for failing to take action against those accused in the Saradha scam.

"Like the British Raj the BJP and Modi also believe in the divide and rule policy. Modi goes to Maharashtra and instigates people there, women in Karnataka are beaten up," the Congress Vice-President said addressing election meetings in Assam and West Bengal.

Ridiculing the Gujarat model, he said giving away farm land at throwaway prices to an industrialist who made enormous profits selling it was the model touted by the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate.

"Modi sahab talks about his Gujarat model. What has he done? He deprived the poor farmers of their land to give away 35,000 acre of agricultural land to industrialist Adani at Rs one per metre," Gandhi said at an election meeting in Nagaon.

"Adani then sold the land at Rs 800 per metre. His industry grew from a Rs 3000 crore company to a Rs 40,000 crore company now just by selling farmers land at high cost and not through production. This he calls the Gujarat model," Gandhi said.

"A toffee sells at Rs one per piece here. If you give a toffee, the Gujarat government will give you one metre of land if you are Adani," the Congress leader said.

Targeting the Gujarat Chief Minister, he said, "Modi makes speeches that he will bring change to India. One person cannot bring change, but only the collective effort of crores of people can do it."
In West Bengal, Gandhi attacked the Mamata Banerjee government in the Saradha ponzi scam, and accused it of not taking action against those involved and instead trying to save them.
"The government here has not done anything for two years. 20 lakh people have been affected (by the scam)," he said.

First Published: Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 18:01
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