Rahul Gandhi claimed that while Congress spots the faults of Narendra Modi and BJP, it will never disrespect the PMO

On the second day of his three-day ‘Navsarjan Yatra’ in poll-bound Gujarat, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and claimed that while the Congress party spots the faults of Narendra Modi and BJP, it will never disrespect the Prime Minister’s stand.

Addressing the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee’s IT team at Ambaji of Banaskantha district, the Gandhi scion said, “Whatever we do, spot Modi’s faults or disturb the BJP, we won’t disrespect PM’s position. When Modi ji was in opposition, he used to speak with disrespect about the Prime Minister. That is the difference between us and them, no matter what Modi says about us we’ll not go beyond a certain point as he is the PM.”

Bringing in a direct comparison between IT cell of BJP and Congress, Gandhi claimed that while the Congress social media team prefer seeing smiling faces within the cell, in the BJP team everyone sits with absolute seriousness. Hitting out at the saffron party, he said, “The way they (BJP) can spread anger, you (IT cell members) cannot. Even if you give your entire life to it. It is because you are from Congress and they from BJP. Like radio’s fine tuning, Modi fine-tunes the truth.”

Gandhi also claimed that Congress party believes in self-introspection and self-improvement, contrary to the Bharatiya Janata Party – who blames others for their own faults.

“Whose fault was demonetisation and GST? It was Modi’s mistake. But did he even say once that perhaps he committed a little mistake? Reality is everyone commits a mistake, whether it is a politician or a social media worker. But when a mistake is committed, one must accept it and move on. This is the difference between them and us,” said Gandhi.

Further interacting with his party’s social media team, Gandhi clarified on who handles his official account and said, “We reflect on ideas, there is a team of 3-4 people, to whom I give suggestions and after fine tuning them we tweet. Routine work, like birthday wishes, isn’t done by me, I give little inputs on it, tweets on political issues are mine.”

When questioned on his steadily growing Twitter followers, Gandhi referred to his pet dog, yet again, saying, “As I have said, Pidi tweets.” However, he stated that any tweet related to political issues are directly posted by himself.

Lauding the contribution of  party’s social media workers, Congress’ election in-charge in Gujarat, Ashok Gehlot said, “Such was the success of our vikas pagal hai campaign that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to come out and say he is vikas and he is Gujarat. Then Rahul Gandhi wrote to me and said we should ask our team members to stop this campaign as the PM’s office has a dignity and we need to respect that.”

Admitting that he had actually written to Gehlot on the issue, Rahul Gandhi said, “I sent an email to him and said that let us catch Narendra Modi’s mistakes, disturb BJP but maintain the respect of PM’s office. When Modi ji was in opposition, he would talk and disrespect the PM. This is the difference between them and us. We will not go beyond a point, but this is the truth that in Gujarat vikas pagal ho gaya hai. Yeh jhooth nahi hai.”

Ahead of the upcoming assembly elections, Rahul Gandhi is on a three-day trip to Gujarat. On the second day of his visit, Rahul Gandhi began election campaign from Banaskantha and will be addressing a series of public meetings on his way. The Gandhi scion is also expected to cover Danta, Palanpur, Mota, Deesa, Wadinath Temple, Thara, Totana, Roda, Kansada Darwaja and Patan, during the fourth leg of his campaign.