Gujarat election 2017 Updates: Rahul Gandhi kicks off Congress campaign from south Gujarat; read all top developments, news about Gujarat polls here
Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat Live Updates: Rahul Gandhi, Congress vice-president, is scheduled to visit several villages and towns in tribal-dominated south Gujarat from November 1 to 3 as part of the Congress’s ‘Navsararjan Gujarat Yatra’. The yatra has commenced from Jambusar in Bharuch district and culminate in Surat on Friday. During the 3-day tour, Rahul will address farmers, women, youths, traders and the party workers at several places in Bharuch, Tapi, Dangs, Valsad, Navsari, Valsad and Surat district, the release said. Rahul, who has been attacking the Modi government and the BJP over the “Gujarat development model”, had visited a number of temples in the state last month, a move seen as a portrayal of ‘soft Hindutva’ in the BJP-ruled state, known as the laboratory of Hindutva.
Here are the Updates of Rahul Gandhi’s Gujarat visit:
9.00 pm: “I was following him for quite a long time during the road show. He gave me flowers and I asked him can I take selfie with him, to which he agreed,” she told reporters.
8.40 pm: Gandhi was seen helping her get down and even shook hands with her after she got off the van. The girl, identified as Mantsha Ibrahim Sheth, a class 10 student, said Gandhi obliged after she requested him for a selfie.
8.20 pm: The girl climbed Rahul Gandhi’s van when it reached Kasak Circle area, getting close to him and clicking selfies as SPG personnel looked on.
7.50 pm: Earlier in the day: A day after the World Bank released its report that India had improved its ranking, Twitter was once again the playing field for the Congress and the BJP leaders.
7.40 pm: Earlier in the day: Gandhi put out a tweet in Urdu, taking off from a famous Ghalib verse to say the Union finance minister was deluding himself.
7.30 pm:Earlier in the day: “Sabko maloom hai ‘ease of doing business’ ki haqeeqat, lekin khud ko khush rakhne ke liye ‘Dr Jaitley’ ye khayal achha hai (everybody knows the reality of ease of doing business, but this thought, Dr Jaitley, is good to keep yourself happy).”
7.20 pm: Earlier in the day: Arun Jaitley said the UPA’s “ease of doing corruption” has been replaced by NDA’s “ease of doing business”, apparently hitting back at Gandhi’s jibe.
7.10 pm: Earlier in the day: “The difference between the UPA and NDA – ‘The ease of doing corruption has been replaced by the ease of doing business’,” he said in his tweet.
7.00 pm: Navsarjan Yatra with Congress VP Rahul Gandhi comes to the people of Valia Chokdi, Ankleshwar.
— Congress (@INCIndia) November 1, 2017
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— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) November 1, 2017
6.10 pm: Well, meanwhile Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the UPA’s “ease of doing corruption” has been replaced by NDA’s “ease of doing business”, apparently hitting back at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s jibe at him after a World Bank business index showed that India has improved its global ranking by 30 notches.
5.58 pm: Check out | RG invites a college student atop the matador to take a selfie, accepts flowers
— Aditi Raja (@aditijf) November 1, 2017
5.53 pm: “Though Modiji gave that much money to the company, you will hardly see any Nano car on roads. This is Modiji’s Gujarat model, where you do not get anything back despite giving that much money to corporates,” Gandhi said earlier in the day.
5.50 pm: Rahul Gandhi alleged that key sectors such as education and health have been gifted to corporates.
5.45 pm: Taking at Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, he said the entire focus of the government is on five-10 corporates who receive all facilities such as land, water and electricity.
5.40 pm: “On November 8 last year, Modiji banned Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. Small traders, shop keepers and farmers, they all deal in cash. They are not thieves. Their cash was not black money. But Modiji failed to understand that all the cash is not black money and all the black money is not in cash,” Rahul Gandhi said today.
5.40 pm: “They (BJP) talked a lot about Swiss bank accounts. Now they are in power for the last three years. You tell me how many Swiss bank account holders are in jail? Give me the name of one person Modiji has sent to jail?” Rahul Gandhi asked.
5.30 pm: See picture | Massive crowd emerge in Rahul Gandhi’s Bharuch road show.
5.20 pm: WATCH: In this video, Rahul is seen helping the girl getting off the vehicle
— ANI (@ANI) November 1, 2017
5.10 pm: This is what exactly happened
5.00 pm: WATCH | A young girl climbed up on Rahul Gandhi’s van, took a selfie and shook hands with him at Bharuch, Gujarat
— News18 (@CNNnews18) November 1, 2017
4.52 pm: Earlier, Gandhi had dismissed a World Bank report on India’s improved ‘ease of doing business’ status and asked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to meet small traders to understand the reality.
4.46 pm: Watch | Rahul Gandhi speaks to media in Gujarat
— News18 (@CNNnews18) November 1, 2017
4.43 pm: India needs a certificate from the country, and the people are saying Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley have failed: Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat.
4.42 pm: Arun Jaitley ji is working on the basis of some foreign institution, India does not need a certificate from foreign institution: Rahul Gandhi
4.41 pm: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s was holding a roadshow in Bharuch
4.40 pm: FAN MOMENT! While Rahul Gandhi was doing a road show in Gujarat, a girl requested for selfie. She then climbed his bus and clicked a photograph.
4.30 pm: “Some terrorists in India are trying to establish Islamic State in Kerala, they are receiving funds from foreign countries,” BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
4.15 pm: Meanwhile, BJP held a press conference on Love-Jihad case, Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday claimed that the case is linked to terror organisation ISIS.
4.00 pm: Earlier in the day, Gandhi had put put a tweet in Hindi, taking off from a famous Ghalib verse to say that Jaitley was deluding himself. “Sabko maloom hai ‘ease of doing business’ ki haqeeqat, lekin khud ko khush rakhne ke liye ‘Dr Jaitley’ ye khayal achha hai (everybody knows the reality of ease of doing business, but this thought is good Dr Jaitley to keep yourself happy).”
3.45 PM: “The entire country will shout and say ease of doing business is absent, you have destroyed it, your demonetisation and GST have ruined it,” Gandhi said at Jambsaur.
3.30 pm: At Jambusar, Rahul today said that Demonetisation and GST ruined the ease of doing business. Targeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Gandhi said the “entire country will shout to say that there is no ease of
doing business in India”.
3.00 pm: Rahul Gandhi has predicted that the BJP will get an electric current shock in the upcoming Gujarat election. Rahul also attacked PM Modi for not putting a single corrupt person in jail in the last three years.
12.40 PM: Rahul said China gives jobs to 50,000 youths daily but Modi government gives jobs to only 400 people in India
12.30 PM: Rahul said, BJP will get an electric shock in Gujarat elections.
12.29 pm: Rahul Gandhi attacks ease of doing business report of the world bank, says it is not easy for small traders to do business in India. The report on Tuesday ranked India on the 100th position. “There is no ease of doing business in India, note ban and GST destroyed it,” says Rahul.
12.22 pm: For Tata Nano project, Narendra Modi gave Rs 33,000 crore bank loan, almost for free, and at lowest rate; you gave your land to Tata company; Rs 33,000 crore could have been used for waiving of farmers’ loan, says Rahul Gandhi in Bharuch.
12.16 pm: I have coined a new term for GST – Gabbar Singh Tax, says Rahul Gandhi
12.12 pm: All works of Modi government being done only for 5 big corporates
12.08 pm: China gives jobs to 50,000 youths daily, Modi government gives only 400
12:04 pm: Rahul Gandhi slams Modi’s Gujarat model.
11:40 am: The Congress vice president will also meet farmers affected by land acquisition in Dayadra.
11:30 am: Gandhi will hold a meeting at City Ground, Jambusar, in Bharuch district today.
11:20 am: Gujarat Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani has said that he is going to meet Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
11:10 am: Rahul Gandhi arrives in Vadodara. He will address a public rally in Bharuch later today.
10.40 am: Last month Rahul had covered different parts of Saurashtra, and central Gujarat earlier this month. Shah will camp in the state between November 4 and November 9. According to a BJP release, Shah would join election-related deliberations with party leaders in different districts during his stay, the BJP said in a release.
— Congress (@INCIndia) November 1, 2017
10.30 am: Earlier this month while addressing the “Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan” near Gandhinagar earlier this month, Shah had said the upcoming election was a “battle of pride” for his party, which has been ruling Gujarat for over two decades. The BJP chief had exhorted BJP workers to ensure an improved tally of 150 seats over the 129 it had won in 2002 under the then chief minister Narendra Modi.
Gujarat will go to polls for 182 seats in two phases on December 9 and 14. The counting of votes will be taken up December 18.