Modi`s Gujarat model is focused on enhancing fortunes of one person: Rahul Gandhi

With two days left for the big battle in Varanasi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday started his roadshow in the holy city to campaign for party candidate Ajay Rai who ispitted against BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal.

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  • Rahul concludes speech
  • Rahul thanks people and urges elctorates to vote for Congress candidate Ajay Rai
  • The BJP needs to respect women first then talk about empowering them, says Rahul
  • The Congress will pass pass the Women Reservation Bill in the Parliament, says Rahul
  • Congress believes in following Lord Buddha`s ideology ie to live with love and peace, says Rahul
  • He further attacked the BJP strongman of not alloting land to Indian Air Force in Gujarat
  • Modi`s Gujarat model is focused on enhancing the fortunes of one person, but we (UPA Government) are giving attention to uplift of 70 crore people, who are between the Below Poverty Line and Middle Classes, says Rahul
  • The BJP leader was speaking of empowering women but should first start giving respect to them, says Rahul
  • Coming down heavily on the Gujarat Chief Minister, Rahul says Modiji gave 45000 acre lands belonging to poor farmers to Adani ji at Rs 1/mtre.
  • Rahul hits out at Samajwadi Party government, says unemployment has been a problem in the state, but the incumbent government has not done anything to provide jobs.
  • Rahul promises Right to Shelter and Right to Pension
  • Poor people tell me that availing medical facilities are very costly that is why Congress has promised to give Right to Healthcare, says Rahul
  • Rahul says Congress believes in bridging the gap betweeen rich and poor.
  • Rahul takes on Akhilesh Yadav-led regime, says the Congress brought in Food Security Bill, but the Uttar Pradesh government is yet to implement it.
  • Rahul says Congress introduced MNREGA, which ensured work for the poor
  • In Gujarat, Modi ji gave loan at 0.1 percent interest to Tata Nano industry but farmers get loan at 12 percent interest, says Rahul
  • Taking on Modi, the Congress vice president says Congress waived off the farmers loan, wheras the Gujarat Chief Minsiter gave loans to business men.
  • The Land Acquisition Bill ensures compensation four times the market price of the land, says Rahul
  • We revised 100 years old Land Acquisition Bill for farmers, so that they get a fair deal, says Rahul

    In Pics: Rahul Gandhi`s roadshow in Varanasi

  • Rahul Gandhi`s Varanasi roadshow has come to an end drawing huge crowds. He is now due to address supporters shortly in the temple town.
  • Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is expected to shortly address a public rally at Sathwan Chauraha Ground.
  • Rahul Gandhi, who is leading a massive roadshow on the streets of Varanasi paid tribute to Pt Madan Mohan Malaviya`s statue at the Banaras Hindu University. The Gandhi scion is campaigning for Congress candidate Ajay Rai, who is contesting against BJP`s PM candidtae Narendra Modi and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal.
  • The family of late shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan`s plays shehnai for Rahul Gandhi during his roadshow in Varanasi. Earlier, the family had refused to become a proposer for Narendra Modi when he files nomination for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat on April 24.

    Bismillah`s grandson Affaq Haider had then said they do not want to be associated with any political party on this `hot seat`.

  • Batting for Congress candidate Ajay Rai, Congress leader Meef Afzal said neither Narendra Modi or Arvind Kejriwal have the local support, which his party colleague enjoys.
  • BJP leader Meenakshi lekhi, who is conesting from New Delhi constituency, hit out at District Magistrate of Varanasi for denying permission to Modi`s rally. Lekhi said that none of the top UP police officers expressed security concern on BJP`s PM candidate`s rally. "Rahulji can hold 50 rallies but giving him permission and denying us is wrong," the BJP leader asserted.
  • Another BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi accuses the Returning Officer in Varanasi of being biased for allowing Rahul Gandhi to hold a roadshow in Varanasi.

    Here is what Naqvi tweeted:

  • BJP leader Arun Jaitley renewed his attack on the Election Commission saying that howcome Rahul was given the permission to hold a roadshow in the same are where Narendra Modi was denied. He alleged political motive behind not letting Modi holding a rally in Varansi.

    "Why was the Rahul roadshow permitted when Modi was denied permission (to hold a rally in) the same area?" Jaitley said, referring to Beniya Bagh. He attributed it to "political motive".

    Jaitley added: "This will be a major blot on elections in India. The prime ministerial candidate was not allowed to campaign in his own constituency."

    Modi wasn`t given permission by the Returning Officer to hold a rally in Rohania, a rural Assembly constituency outside the main Varanasi city but within the Lok Sabha constituency.

  • Batting for Rahul, General secretary AICC & Incharge Communication Department, Ajay Maken said that the roadshow is a huge success. He tweeted:
  • Congress leader Raj Babbar said the supporters in Congress vice president`s roashow are locals and not brought from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh or Delhi.
  • Huge number of suuporters have assembled for Rahul roadshow.
  • The Congress vice president is accompanied by party candidate Ajay Rai.
  • With two days left for the big battle in Varanasi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday started his roadshow in the holy city to campaign for party candidate Ajay Rai who is pitted against BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal.

    Also Read: Decision to deny Modi permission to hold rally was `politically motivated`: Jaitley

    Rahul`s rodashow is being viewed as response to Modi`s rally in Amethi on May 05.

    The Gandhi scion today landed at Varanasi`s Babatpur airport and began his roadshow from the Gol Gadda Chauraha, which is a Mulsim dominated area. The roadshow will continue till Lanka.

    Rahul`s roadshow follows a massive one conducted by Kejriwal yesterday and another one by Modi the day before.

    The roadshow is to conclude after about ten kms at Lanka near BHU gate, the same place where Kejriwal and Modi had begun their roadshows.

    Today is the last day day of campaigning ahead of final phase of the Lok Sabha polls.

    Modi, by holding a rally in Amethi, had broken the unwritten code between the political bigwigs who avoid campaigning in the constituency of their top rival.

    Moreover, as per his official programme, he will also address a public meeting later at Sathwan in Chiraigaon block in the holy city.

    Besides Gandhi, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh`s son Akhilesh Yadav will also be holding a roadshow in Varanasi.

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