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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Sharraad Prabhuddas - Bangalore
It is the Marketeer v/s Mosquiteer in Gujarat.
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Sharraad Prabhuddas - Bangalore
Sec. 66A takes away the people`s voice.
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rhvankar - vadodara
the oppsition is the foundation of the democrecy!the mediators are the killer of democrecy!back to the point of justice,at the time of mahabharat,the law and order is the heart of democrecy!where the crime there is the punishment!after the locking the houses the thifs are ran away!!the killng of the innocents animals will ringing the bell of death of democrecy!
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Desi - USA
looking at India today and saying that past 60 years the progress is substantial is in base deluding oneself, while Rahul is young he pertains to elaborate on the past India after independence, and in reality looking from out ot in India is one of the most dunderdeveloped and backward country in the World. It ranks the lowest in every standards wrt even the most poor countries of the world, is this what Rahul is so proud of.
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sudhir patil - ahmednagar
As you loot nation in Group.......
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K.V.Martin - Margao - Goa
What Mr Rahul telling is truth. I was in Gujarath at Baroda. First time saw minorities are living in insecure with fear in their own land. Gujarth is highly poluted not worthy to live. Everywhere plasic garbage. Living standard is very low. Skilled workers are available in very low salary of Rs 170 - 250. Youth do not have any hope of standard liing. I have seen ``Liquirs avilable in remote village. More drunkerds you can seen in Gujarath. It is not vibrant Gujarath but it is Vibration Gujarath.
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sourav chakraborty - jalpaiguri
I think all this Anti-Modi elements have smelled the victory of Modi as CM of Gujarat for third consecutive term,hence there`s a rise in Anti-Modi tirade of lately to defame his image just before the counting begins in Gujarat. All this Anti-Modi writers are paid to do this type of negative propaganda in attempt to brainwash the minds of its readers by constantly hammering with falsehoods. One should salute to Modi for swimming against all sorts of tides since 2001. Indian Media is one of the biased Media in the world.
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Sharraad Prabhuddas - Bangalore
Highway from Margao to Panaji, can you see the plastic bags? Every border entry into Goa, can you see liquor shops? Every project - mining or constrution, can you see cheap imported labour? Pls take care of illegal mining in Goa, which was under the Digambar Kamat led Congress Govt.
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Dattani Sharad - Bangalore
Is Rahul`s truth like some of the priests who preach one thing but practice entirely opposite?
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akinchan - Puducherry
If one single lady can run the entire congress party then why one man cannot run the entire state. If the congress can market Gandhiji`s name when he never wanted that congress should not continue as a political party then what is wring to market the real progress ?
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akinchan - Puducherry
If one single lady can run the entire congress party then why one man cannot run the entire state. If the congress can market Gandhiji`s name when he never wanted that congress should not continue as a political party then what is wring to market the real progress ?
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Suresh menchirel - aurangabad city
Dear Rahulji you just forget Gujarat State. Mr. Modi is going for a hatrick .More over The Congress will be rooted out in the next election due to huge corruption.
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Janarthanan - Udumalpet
Hello thambi, one SACRIFICED FAMILY ,not like Modi`s corrupt family.
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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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