Zee Media Bureau/Supriya Jha
New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi seems to have taken a cue from Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal when he said that Vajpayee-Advani partnership of yesteryear has now been replaced by Modi-Adani one, referring to the alleged land sale to the industrialist Adani group at low prices.
Kejriwal has earlier made umpteen allegations against Gujarat CM Modi paying favours to industrialist Adani in the run-up to elections.
"Earlier there used to be Advaniji. If you remove `v` from Advani, it will become Adani," Rahul said in a statement which resembled much to what AAP chief Kejriwal had tweeted in March.
If Advani wants Modi to listen to him, he should drop "v" from his name
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 24, 2014
Rahul also claimed that Modi had given huge financial loan to Tata Nano which he could have used for education in Gujarat.
Meanwhile, Rahul`s toffee model remark has received numerous reactions from various party leaders.
Making light of `toffee model of development` comment, Gujarat Chief minister and BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi took a dig at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi saying, he hadn`t matured mentally and was still a “child at heart” who only talks of balloos and toffees.
Modi`s remarks were in response to Rahul`s `toffee model” of development in Gujarat, where Congress VP alleged that the costly agricultural lands were being given to the industrialists at the throwaway prices as low as Re 1, which can only fetch a toffee.
“It is not Gujarat model, it is a toffee model. Just like you get a toffee in Re1, (industrialst) Adani gets land in Re 1,” Rahul Gandhi reiterated in a rally in Hingoli on Tuesday after first making the same comment in Maharashtra`s Latur on Monday.
Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, who deftly turned Rahul`s remarks into a counter-barb, said that the Congress yuvraj had not matured mentally and was childish.
Modi had earlier mistaken Rahul`s `toffee` remark as `trophy` and went on to deliberate on the significance of trophies flaunting how many trophis had Gujarat model of development had won not just in India but also by the UN.
"He is a child at heart because if he was mature he would have known that over 300 models of the Gujarat government has won toffees (trophies) from the United Nations and the Indian government," Modi said while addressing the second round of 3D rallies, addressing around 100 locations in 15 states.
In Jharkhand too, Modi didn`t spare Rahul for his “toffee remark” saying how children don`t stick to a single toy for too long” and hence after having used “balloon” for pst few days, Rahul Gandhi had now switched to “toffees”.
Modi was referring to Rahul`s comment on Gujarat model of development being “like an inflated balloon that would burst if pricked”.
Other than NaMo, others too reacted on “toffee model” remark with BJP leader Smriti Irani, saying that such juvenile statements show the quality of leadership in Congress.
Smriti Irani is contesting against Rahul Gandhi from Amethi, which is known to have been a Gandhi-family pocket-borough.
Also, Kiran Bedi reacted saying, on one hand Modi who was a leader with vision talked about `Trophy Model`, whereas Congress party (Rahul) had a narrow negligible vision, hence the `Toffee` Model.
Leader with a National Vision Thinks of 'Trophy Model', whereas person with narrow (Damaad) or NO Vision Thinks of 'Toffee' Model
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) April 14, 2014