PM, Rahul Gandhi, Hardik trade barbs in Gujarat battle

Gujarat elections: PM Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Hardik Patel in Saurashtra today

In a fresh salvo against the BJP, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi lashed out against the alleged corruption and irregularities by BJP president Amit Shah's son, Jay Shah.

Meanwhile, Somnath temple authorities said that Rahul did not sign the register maintained for non-Hindus during his visit to the temple in the poll-bound state.

At a time when Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's visit to famous Somnath temple ahead of the crucial Gujarat Assembly elections has erupted war of words between the ruling BJP and the Congress, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in an exclusive interview to India TV, on Thursday said that the Gandhi scion is becoming a butt of jokes due to his "childish behaviour". Gujarat polls will be held in two phases, on December 9 and December 14. The votes of 182 constituencies will be counted on 18th December. For Rahul Gandhi and Congress, religion is a matter of convenience and not devotion. The second reason being, the Rafale deal.

In Morbi in Saurashtra, a stronghold of the Patidar community, the BJP is trying to mollify their demand for quotas in jobs and education, Modi took a dig at the Congress' "dynastic and elitist politics". "They have not even spared the farm equipment and imposed GST on it". "Rahul Gandhi must answer this!".

"First question to the prime minister on the state of affairs in Gujarat - in 2012, promises were made to provide 50 lakh new houses but built 4.72 lakh in five years".

Congress Vice President accuses the prime minister of not bringing matters of national importance to the parliament because the truth would have come out if matters were discussed in the parliament. "I asked Modiji three questions (on the Rafale deal)". "Why was the contract given to a private industrialist friend instead of Hindustan Aeronautics limited (HAL)?"

He said on one side there are Gujaratis who are walking the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi, a "fakir" (an ascetic), and on the other, "there are descendants of another Gandhi, who belong to a royal family".

Demonetisation, in reality, is a glorified money laundering scheme.The scheme has hit small scale traders and has crippled cash-reliant farmers. "You are beaten up, you have to face bullets", Gandhi said.

As part of his campaign, Rahul Gandhi met a traders' delegation in Amreli to discuss issues and difficulties faced by them.

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