“Modiji has a credibility problem. He talks non-stop about corruption, but he does not utter a word on the issue of Rafale and Jay Shah,” said Rahul Gandhi
Congress president Rahul Gandhi in his new avatar displayed self-assurance and political sense in his remarks on Tuesday as he attacked BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi without taking recourse to acrimony or harsh language while talking to mediapersons.
The Congress chief referred to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and his teaching of winning through love, to say this was something that was alive in the hearts of people of Gujarat and the people of Gujarat had sent out a message to BJP and Modi that the anger in them would not help them, that it would be defeated by love.
Interacting with journalists in Parliament house, Gandhi said that when he went to Gujarat 3-4 months ago, he was told that the Congress would not be able to fight the BJP. However, the ‘solid work’ done by Congress in these months delivered a massive shock to the BJP and that, too, in Gujarat itself.
He said it was in Gujarat that he realised that there were no takers for Modi’s model among the people of Gujarat. “Propaganda bahut achchha hai, marketing bahut achchhi hai, magar wo model andar se khokhla hai (the propaganda and the marketing is good, but the model is hollow inside)”, he said, adding that they (Modi and BJP) did not have an answer to the Congress campaign. “They are talking of ‘vikas’ (development), but the reality is, they could not come up with an answer,” he added.
He said in the last few days preceding the election, Modi had nothing left to talk about. He could only talk about himself and the Congress party.
Responding to a question about Modi calling the verdict an approval of GST and a vote against casteism, Gandhi said, “Modi is saying it was an election on issue of development, that the verdict was a seal of approval on GST, but funnily enough there was no mention of development, GST or note ban in his election speeches.”
“There is huge question mark on Modi ji’s credibility now and frankly Modi ji has a credibility problem and he will find it very difficult (to dispel it), because his organisation is simply repeating what he is saying but the country is not listening to them. This was seen in Gujarat elections and will become even more visible in the days to come,” said Gandhi.
Talking about Modi’s credibility, Gandhi referred to Modi’s pet theme of ridding the country of corruption to say, “Modi ji talks non-stop about corruption, but he does not utter a word on the issue of Rafale (fighter aircraft deal) and Jay Shah (BJP president Amit Shah’s son). There was scam in Rafale deal. Jay Shah turned Rs.50,000 into Rs.80 crore in three months. Why don’t you speak a word about this?” asked Rahul.
“This,” said Rahul Gandhi, “is the credibility issue”.