With 10 days left for the Gujarat legislative assembly elections, which is seen as PM Modi’s biggest test, the political tug of war between the BJP and the Congress has turned into a frenzy of mutual accusations. Congress vice president today asked the prime minister to give the account of promises that were delivered in last 22 years- since BJP came to power in Gujarat. Gandhi today performed Jalabhishek at the Somnath Temple. Taking to the microblogging site Twitter, the Congress vice president posed a question to PM Modi asking him whether it will take 45 years to fulfill the promise of building 50 lakh new houses, which he assured in 2012. Gandhi added that only 4.72 lakh houses were built in 5 years.
In his rally at Visavadar in Saurashtra, Rahul Gandhi railed against GST and again called it Gabbar Singh Tax. Gandhi alleged that the Modi government is snatching the hard earned money from the poor. “The amount of money allocated to the MNREGA scheme during the time of UPA government, the same amount was given to the corporates by the Modi Government.” He alleged that center gave away land and Rs 33,000 cr to the Tata’s. Gandhi said that when the Tata Nano factory was set up in Gujarat it was promised that people will get jobs but in reality, it was not fulfilled. Gandhi also asked the people in the rally whether they have seen any Nano car running in their locality and said the cars made by other companies can be seen on the roads.
Meanwhile, in a rally at Prachi, PM Modi also took a jibe at Gandhi’s visit to Somnath Temple. He said, ” If there was no Sardar Patel, the temple in Somnath would never have been possible. Today some people are remembering Somnath, I have to ask them- have you forgotten your history? Your family members, our first PM was not happy with the idea of a temple being built there.” Digging out the history, the prime minister said, “When Dr Rajendra Prasad was to come to inaugurate the Somnath Temple, Pandit Nehru expressed his displeasure. Sardar Patel dreamt about the Narmada but your family did not let that dream fulfill.”
On OBC reservation, Modi said, the Congress is seeking votes of OBC communities but they should answer why they did not allow OBC Commission to get Constitutional Status for all these years. “We brought in the move, it was passed by Lok Sabha but stalled in the Rajya Sabha, where Congress has the majority,” he added.
The prime minister also said, “I want to ask the Congress. What is it that you have against our Army? The demand for OROP was pending for forty long years. Why did successive Congress governments do nothing about that.” “When elections were approaching, they announced a meager of Rs. 500 crore for OROP when the real requirement was a lot higher,” Modi added.
Yesterday, in a dramatic display by Congressmen during poll campaigning in Gujarat, when partymen enacted scenes from Bollywood’s all-time favourite movie Sholay. Gujarat Congress workers had taken to streets by dressing up as “Gabbar Singh” and other characters from the film to protest against GST rollout. Notably, the workers even carried air guns so that they could do justice to the character. However, these Congressmen later found themselves on the wrong side of the law as the rally was carried out without permission from the authorities.