Gujarat elections 2012: Rahul Gandhi terms Narendra Modi as `marketeer`
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Gujarat elections 2012: Rahul Gandhi terms Narendra Modi as 'marketeer'

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 00:44
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Gujarat elections 2012: Rahul Gandhi terms Narendra Modi as `marketeer` Sanand: Making his first appearance in the Gujarat Assembly election campaign, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today unleashed an attack on Chief Minister Narendra Modi calling him a "marketeer" who does false propaganda claiming progress in the state.

"People's voice is not heard in Gujarat. The government of Gujarat and the Chief Minister do not want to listen to you. He wants to hear only his own voice. He has his dream and he thinks only about his own dream. A true leader makes people's dream his own dream," he said addressing a rally here, the town where Tata Motors relocated from Singur to make low-cost Nano car.

The Congress General Secretary claimed that a false propaganda that Gujarat was making all round progress has been launched but contrary to it there is rampant corruption in the state, unemployment is very high and there is all round failure.

"The marketeer says Gujarat is shining. But tell me how many hours people get water? People get water for 25 minutes in every three days. But marketeer says Gujarat is shining. There are 10 lakh unemployed youth in Gujarat. But marketeer says Gujarat is shining," he said.

Rahul said voice of poor and down-trodden is suppressed in Gujarat as the leader does not want to hear common people's grievances. "Gandhiji and Nehruji always wanted to hear people's voice. They were true leaders," he said.

The Congress leader claimed that even opposition's voice is curbed in Gujarat as the Assembly sits for just 25 days in a year and very often opposition leaders are thrown out of the House.

Rahul said there is no Lokayukta in Gujarat and 14,000 RTI applications were pending as government does not want to let any information come out as it would expose its true affairs.

Attacking Modi in the land of the Mahatma, Rahul said, "Gandhiji had one simple rule that voice of not only every Indian, but for that matter voice of everyone in the world should be heard, whether that person is poor or rich...That person may be of any region, religion or caste, but his voice should be respected.

"If I have any 'guru' in politics, then he is Gandhiji," he said, adding that the Mahatma's teaching were not being followed in Gujarat.

"Take a look at the UPA government, at (Prime Minister) Manmohan Sinhji, (Congress president) Soniaji, our ministers and our programmes. And not only of the UPA government but look at past 60-70 years. And show me one programme which has taken away anybody's voice," the Congress leader said.

He said that banking on false propaganda an image has been created that Gujarat is shining.

"Shakti (power) is not in one man's voice. Shakti is in entire Gujarat's voice, the voice of common man, youth of Gujarat and the tribals of Gujarat. This voice is being suppressed in Gujarat," Rahul said.

Earlier, Rahul went on to narrate a story of Mahatma Gandhi, Motilal Nehru and Jawaharlal Nehru.

"My father had told me this story that during the freedom struggle when Jawaharlal Nehru was in jail...Gandhji had slept on the floor in their house in Allahabad leaving the bed empty.

"When Motilalji asked Gandhji why was he sleeping on the floor, he had replied that as Jawaharlal was sleeping on the floor in jail he was also sleeping on the floor," Rahul said.

"Today, when I was coming here I was thinking about what did Gujarat give me. Gujarat is a very important region of our country. The incident of Gandhiji with Motilalji and Jawaharji came to my mind. This is the history of Gujarat," he said.

"This is a gift from Gujarat. Ideology of Gandhiji is an ideology of Gujarat. Because of you, your ideology, we have democracy in the country," Rahul told the gathering.

PTI

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First Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 08:57
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Ravi Krishnamurthy - Mumbai
Rahul`s comment that one man cannot run the country Rahul are you in this world and India Congress with too many cooks have already spoiled the soup, Modi one man is enough to run the country we want one ram not so many ravan where there is no women safety also. shame on you for such comments
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Haresh Narigara - vadodara
LPG cylinder only 6 in year, Petrol 75, 2G, Coal, Comnwelth....... abhi bhi pet bhara nahi hai to sub Gujarat aaa gaye.
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Haresh Narigara - vadodara
Just ask to peoples of Gujarat. election time pe sab Gujarat aate hai fir bhul jate hai. all are selfish.
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Haresh Narigara - Vadodara
Rahul Gandhi ko puchho ki Gandhiji ki koi book padhi hai??????. Sub likha hua padhte hai soniaji, our PM and allll. kabhi Gujarat ke CM ko ya kisi ko dekha hai stage par padhte hue
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Deep2002 - baroda
If congres and Rahul Gandhi really wants to help india and indian people and made india batter then they also shoud suppot Mr. Modi i know its not possible for him bcas i think we know that what exatly they want.... Now pepole understand better...
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NISSHTHA - RAJPURA
congress hs pruvd itzz hunger 4 power 4 vch `rahul gandhi` s cmng && dat too against an undisputed honest leader....seems dat congress dsnt wnt leaderzz totally opposite 2 dem (honest, hard- working, wise)!!!
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ranjan kumar swain - pune
MODI IS BORN QUALITY BE A POLITICIAN & GREAT LEADER FOR INDIA.RAHUL GANDHI IS THE LEADER IN THE FAME OF HIS FAMILY GANDHI& NEHURU.
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saurabh j - yavatmal
Every time Rahul Gandhi speaks,it becomes a joke,he is advantage for opposition,hope he become candidate for PM post in 2014.
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RAJAT KUMAR MOHINDRU - JALANDHAR CITY.PUNJAB
The Chief Minister of Gujarat Mr Narendera Bhai Modi is really undisputed Leader in Gujarat .His Development works carried out during his regime has really made the Gujarat Shining . The vision of the Congress General Secretary Mr Rahul Gandhi seems to be a mere Election stunt to defame Modi but it will be the public to decide the fate of B.J.P. to bring into Power in Gujarat .
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Sharraad Prabhuddas - Bangalore
First intervention by the Gen. Sec. of the party on the last day of campaigning. Too little, too late.
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Divyesh - Gandhinagar
This man Rahul Gandhi does not know anything . Tell him to look in his Central Govt. for last 8 years and than blame the Gujarat`s pride NaMo. Narendra Modi is not in list of world`s wealthiest politician but the whole Gandhi family politicians compete in the richest politician list. He and his whole family is corrupt.



Ankur - Delhi
``Gandhi ji is my Guru``...but i thought Diggy was his guru...hmmm...something is fishy :)



Rajeev Singh - Pune
Yes one Man & one family can not RUN any state as well as Country.



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