Patan: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today alleged that Narendra Modi made money “disappear” from Gujarat through “magic” in the last two decades of the BJP rule, as he stepped up his attack on the Prime Minister in the poll-bound state.
Gandhi’s jibe at Modi came after a man met him during an interaction with members of the notified and denotified tribes in Harij village in the district and lamented that he was once a snake charmer and now makes a living by performing magic.
Gandhi then asked him to perform some tricks and the man obliged. During his brief performance, the man produced some money through tricks.
“….Narendra Modi did magic in Gujarat for 22 years like you did. The difference is that you produced money but Modiji made it disappear,” Gandhi told the gathering after the performance got over.
He assured the members that their problems and difficulties will be considered by the party.
“We are preparing the manifesto of the Congress Party (for December polls). Earlier 2-3 leaders used to make the manifesto behind closed doors. This time we are preparing the manifesto by consulting people,” the Congress vice president said.
He asked the members to send a delegation to the manifesto committee and apprise them about their issues.
“Tell them what do you want exactly. We will listen to your delegation and we will include your demands in our manifesto,” Gandhi said.
Later addressing a public meeting in Varana, Gandhi asked Modi to respond to allegations of manipulative share trading by a firm linked to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
“This charge (against Rupani) is not levelled by media. The body which controls the stock markets says that your chief minister is ‘beimaan’ (dishonest). They have fined him,” Gandhi said.
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has reportedly fined 22 entities, including Rupani’s HUF (Hindu Undivided Family), for alleged manipulative trading in the shares of a company, Saran Chemicals Ltd, during the January- June 2011 period.
Rupani has said that the SEBI set aside the fine of Rs 6.91 crore imposed on 22 entities, including his firm.
Gandhi also targeted the Modi government over demonetisation, the GST, unemployment and various issues related to farmers.