Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much-touted ‘Make in India’ scheme by saying that ‘Made in China’ will be written on statue of Sardar Patel, to be installed at Narmada dam.
Speaking on the second day of his Gujarat visit in Dhrol, the Congress VP said, “Made in China will be written on statue of Sardar Patel. This is a matter of shame. The statue is being cast in China.”
His Made in China came a day after it emerged that the saffron party was issuing passes to journalists for its national executive meet that were made in China. This was contrary to Modi’s pledge to promote manufacturing within India.
The central government was also red-faced in 2015 when it was reported that it had imported Chinese mats for International Yoga Day celebrations.
Gandhi also took to Twitter to address the state’s Patidar community, “I would like to tell Patridar community, BJP’s people had fired bullets at you. This is not the style of Congress party. We work by loving everyone in a friendly environment.”
His another tweet said, “You (BJP government) can’t run Gujarat with a remote control. The state will be run by farmers, workers and small businessmen.”
गुजरात को आप रिमोट कंट्रोल से नहीं चला सकते, गुजरात को गुजरात के किसान, मज़दूर और छोटे व्यापारी चलाएंगे
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 26, 2017
Eslewhere, Bharat Singh Solanki, the state Congress chief, said, “People are fed up with 22 year reign of BJP. It’s time to take revenge of atrocities committed against Patidars.”
Gujarat is due for crucial assembly polls later this year. Buoyed by the recent win for Ahmed Patel in the Rajya Sabha polls, the party has launched an aggressive campaign with an aim to dislodge the BJP government.
The have also become aggressive on social media platforms by creating a viral campaign called ‘development has gone crazy.’
The state is going through huge unrest among Patel or Patidar community, Dalits and the trading class particularly in the textile industry, which is the backbone of Gujarat’s economy. Analysts feel that, if not handled well, the anger among Dalits and Patidars coupled with the demons of demonetisation and GST may come to haunt the saffron party in Gujarat.