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In a blistering attack on Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi on Monday dubbed the Gujarat model propagated by the state’s chief minister as a “toffee model”, saying it has benefited only one industrialist in the state, ignoring the interests of the farmers and the poor.
He also said while the BJP talks of empowering women in its election campaign posters, its party activists along with RSS cadres beat up women going to pubs in Mangalore (Karnataka) and the Gujarat chief minister used his powers and police machinery to tap the phone of a woman. “Let me tell you about the Gujarat model. Have you heard of (L K) Advani? Advani and Jaswant Singh have been sidelined. Now a new neta (leader) has emerged. He is Narendra Modi. Earlier, there was a partnership between Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Advani. Now there is partnership between Modi and Adani,” Rahul said at an election rally here.
“Land of Aurangabad’s size...45,000 acres...has been given for a mere R300 crore. This is toffee model, not Gujarat model. For R1, you get a toffee here. There land was sold at R1 per metre...it was the land of the poor and the farmers,” Gandhi said.
He said a loan of R10,000 crore was given to build the Nano car. The amount is more than what is spent on health and education in Gujarat.
Taking a dig at BJP’s campaign posters on empowering women, Gandhi said 20,000 women are “missing” in party-ruled Chhattisgarh. Referring to Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan, Rahul said state police machinery was used in Gujarat to tap the phone calls of a woman.
He also said women in a Mangalore pub were beaten up for going there by BJP and RSS men.