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Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat updates: China does in a day for employment what Modi does in a year, says Congress VP
  • 12:23 (IST)

    Rahul breaks security barricades to meet villagers in Harij village

    Villagers met Rahul Gandhi's convoy in Harij village in Patan district, according to The Indian Express. The Congress vice-president broke security barricades to meet them.

  • 12:08 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi meets National Students' Union of India (NSUI) members

  • 11:57 (IST)

    RECAP: Will criticise the Prime Minister, but won't disrespect him, says Rahul Gandhi

    Speaking in Gujarat on Sunday, Rahul Gandhi had asserted that despite the political rivalry with the BJP, his party would never disrespect the Prime Minister, reported NDTV. "When Modi-ji was in the opposition, he used to speak with disrespect about the PM. That is the difference between us and them, no matter what Modi says about us, we'll not go beyond certain point as he is the Prime Minister."

  • 11:18 (IST)

    BJP still expected to win Gujarat

    Hindustan Times talked to people in Gujarat and found out that while the BJP vote-share will dip, Modi will still ride home on the back of young, largely first-time voters, yet again.

  • 11:03 (IST)

    Visuals from Rahul's interaction with leaders from SC Community in Patan

  • 11:00 (IST)

    RSS is a 'manuwadi' organisation, says Rahul

    My family also falls in general category, says Rahul. "RSS is a 'manuwadi' organisation. Many people in general category are not 'manuwadi'. We will work for the betterment of scheduled castes," he adds.

  • 10:54 (IST)

    Dalit leaders ask Rahul to work for those who clean sewers

    The dalit leaders pointed out how people still have to go down into sewers and clean them. They asked Rahul to act against such practices.

  • 10:52 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi starts interaction with Dalit leaders

  • 10:45 (IST)

    Crowds gather to listen to Rahul Gandhi

  • 10:13 (IST)

    RECAPRahul Gandhi targets Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, says SEBI has termed him 'beimaan'

    Rahul Gandhi targeted Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani on Sunday over the SEBI slapping a fine on his firm for alleged manipulative share trade, and asked the Prime Minister to speak out on the issue.

    Speaking during his poll campaign tour of Gujarat, he claimed that the share market regulator has termed Rupani "beimaan" (dishonest) and imposed a fine on him.

    Gandhi asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak out against his "dishonest" chief minister.

    "Gujarat is more corrupt than the entire country. Surat businessmen told me that policemen come to their units every two minutes (allegedly to demand bribe)," he said.

  • 10:10 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi visits Patan's Vir Megh Maya Temple

  • 10:04 (IST)

    RECAPBJP takes attack to Rahul Gandhi

    With Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi pushing for rationalisation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) rates, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said Congress leaders are "hypocrites" as they support the indirect tax at GST Council meets but speak against it in public.

    Referring to Gandhi's promise to cap GST rates at 18 percent if voted to power, Javadekar said the Congress vice-president intends to increase the tax burden on the common people.

    "I want to ask what kind of uniform tax structure he (Gandhi) wants? He is advocating for 18 percent GST on all items. It means that all those commodities that fall in zero percent, 5 percent or 12 percent slabs should be charged at 18 percent. It seems the Congress wants to increase the tax burden on people," Javadekar said at a press conference.

  • 10:02 (IST)

    RECAPRahul Gandhi in Gujarat Day 2: 'Congress tsunami' is coming to the state, says party VP, tells cadre not to speak ill of PM

    Rahul Gandhi on Sunday asserted that his party will sweep the Gujarat state polls in December, as a "tsunami is coming and the (ruling) BJP is scared of it", and exhorted his party not to speak ill of the office of prime minister even while criticising the government.

    He said the electoral battle between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress was a "battle of truth versus lies", but asked his party to exercise restraint even while criticising the government's policies and not get personal. "(Prime Minister Narendra) Modi may say anything about us, but we will not indulge in any loose talks about him and maintain the decorum of the office of prime minister."

  • 09:51 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi 's temple visits not 'soft Hindutva', only a continuation of old family practice

    Fighting an unequal war on a rival’s best-kept ground needs quite an effort and it often doesn’t work if that doesn’t come with conviction, though it may appear to be genuine. This exactly is the case with Congress scion Rahul Gandhi who on Saturday morning visited the famed Akshardham Temple Complex and signed out the day in the evening with prayers at the popular Ambaji Temple in north Gujarat.

    Soft Hindutva is the clichéd charge that gets immediately hurled on any Congress leader who begins his tour to Narendra Modi’s Gujarat by visiting popular temples. If this is what Gandhi is trying to do, though he does not mention any of it in his interactions with the local populace, it does not work out. Simply because seekers of Hindutva will prefer the real thing, Modi, and nothing less.

  • 09:02 (IST)

    Visual of Rahul Gandhi's Day 3 schedule in Gujarat

  • 09:01 (IST)

    Updates for Day 3 (Monday) of Rahul Gandhi's Gujarat trip start here

  • 19:38 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi to address public meeting at Pragati Maidan, Patan

  • 18:50 (IST)

    Gandhi visits Valinath Mandir in Thara

  • 18:48 (IST)

    Gandhi says 'BJP is scared' about the upcoming Gujarat Assembly Elections 

    "A tsunami is coming and BJP is scared," Gandhi said at a rally in Thara." He urged that in the "battle of truth and lies," his supporters should show their feelings about the Gujarat government through their votes. "Congress workers have tolerated BJP rule for 22 years, fight in the polling booths and show everyone what you feel about GST, note ban, the government stealing the Narmada river and bring about change," he said.  

  • 18:41 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi questions govt on their commitment to farmers issues

    "What has the farmer not done for the nation," Rahul Gandhi asked the Centre at a public meeting in Thara. "They give their sweat and blood when they work. Still, you can forgive the debts of the rich industrialists but you cannot follow through with loan waivers? You cannot build a food processing plant here?" Gandhi questioned at the rally. Rahul also reiterated his points about GST and note ban, saying that he will do his best as the Opposition against the 'Gabbar Singh Tax' and that he will remind everyone how the note ban "helped thieves turn black money white"

  • 18:28 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi begins public meeting at Thara, Banaskantha

  • 18:16 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi says govt should bring fuel items under GST to reduce inflation

    Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi urged the Central government to bring fuel items under GST in order to check inflation while keeping them under the 18 percent slab at the maximum.

    "It is country's voice. The government should stop giving excuses. GST on basic amenities used by ordinary people should be removed," Gandhi tweeted.

    "To reduce the burden of inflation, they should bring petrol, diesel and gas cylinder under GST. Fix one rate for GST which would be the least possible and should not be more than 18 percent at any cost," he added. —IANS

  • 17:47 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi's itinerary for Day 2 of his Navsarjan Yatra 

  • 17:43 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi targets Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, says SEBI has termed him 'beimaan'

    Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi targeted Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Sunday over the SEBI slapping a fine on his firm for alleged manipulative share trade, and asked the prime minister to speak out on the issue.

    Speaking during his poll campaign tour of Gujarat, he claimed that the share market regulator has termed Rupani "beimaan" (dishonest) and imposed a fine on him.

    Gandhi asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak out against his "dishonest" chief minister.

    "Gujarat is more corrupt than the entire country. Surat businessmen told me that policemen come to their units every two minutes (allegedly to demand bribe)," he said.

    Read more here

  • 17:27 (IST)

    More visuals of Rahul Gandhi in Banaskantha

  • 17:11 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi discusses issues with people from Denotified Tribes (DNTs), also known as Vicharti Vimukta Jati at Akhiol Chokdi in Deesa 

  • 17:00 (IST)

    Gujarat has rejected Rahul Gandhi, Congress leaders are adopting double standards on GST, says Prakash Javadekar

    Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said Congress leaders are "hypocrites" as they support the indirect tax at GST Council meets but speak against it in public. 

    Referring to Gandhi's promise to cap GST rates at 18 percent if voted to power, Javadekar said the Congress vice-president intends to increase the tax burden on the common people if he intends that "all products" should be under the 18 percent slab. 

    He said Gandhi's visit to Surat on 8 November turned out to be a damp squib as many people did not attend his rally. "People on board his flight to Delhi told us that Rahul was very angry. It shows that people have rejected him and the Congress's politics of hypocrisy, something which we never do," Javadekar added.

    Responding to Rahul's allegations against development in Gujarat, Javadekar said that," Congress has lost it. Development is at its place." Javadekar earlier participated in a door-to-door campaign in Sabarmati area of the city.

    With inputs from PTI

  • 16:30 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi tweets against GST, says government must cap tax slabs at 18 percent 

  • 16:12 (IST)

    Sitaram Yechury says he 'can’t compare Rahul with Sonia Gandhi' 

    CPM leader Sitaram Yechury said in a News18 interview, "Sonia Gandhi is the glue that binds the opposition. Can’t compare Rahul with Sonia." This statement by Yechury implies that the Left may not be comfortable with Rahul Gandhi leading the Indian general elections in 2019. 

  • 16:02 (IST)

    Rahul slams demonetisation 

    "Through the note ban, Modi has made sure that all the thieves in Hindustan have stashed their money," claims Rahul Gandhi. 

  • 16:01 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi fires salvo against Jay Shah

    "Ask any businessman if they can convert Rs 50,000 to Rs 80 crore in a few months. They will tell you this is only possible through corruption," Rahul said in his rally in Banaskantha. "Yet, Amit Shah's son Jay Shah managed to do this in only 3 to 4 months," the same chowkidaar (watchman) has now become a bhagidar (collaborator) in this corruption,"  "The same PM who said 'Na khaunga, na khane dunga,' is now saying 'Na bolunga, na bolne dunga'!" Gandhi said in an attack directed at Modi. "If he (Jay Shah) is such a genius businessman, then please tell your secrets to the businessmen of Gujarat so that we can see progress here."

  • 15:56 (IST)

    Visuals from Rahul Gandhi's meeting with a delegation of businessmen and Patidar leaders of Banaskantha

  • 15:54 (IST)

    Gandhi claims Narendra Modi-led central govt only favours rich industrialists 

    "Modi will only give benefits to 5 or 10 rich industrialists, you know their names," Rahul claimed at a rally in Banaskantha. "The 35,000 crores that we gave for MGNREGA gave crores of jobs. The amount of money we gave to this scheme, the BJP gave to Tata Nano producers," he said to emphasise his point. "If the money for Tata Nanos was given to the farmers, then imagine the changes that would happen. But not even a rupee will be given to farmers," the Gandhi scion said, adding that the government will take electricity from the poor and take their water from the Narmada river, but they won't live up to their 'vadas' (promises)

  • 15:50 (IST)

    Rahul claims Modi has failed the farmers in Gujarat 

    Rahul Gandhi said that Modi claimed that potatoes will become gold, they will not be sold in kgs but in grams and that their prices will rise so much that the farmers will become rich. "This was the BJP's promise to farmers in Banaskantha, but are they rich yet?" Gandhi asked. "These are Modi ji's lies," Gandhi said, adding that Modi was not able to deliver any of his campaign promises. He said that Modi will speak of potatoes in Banaskantha, he will speak clothes and diamonds in Surat, but it all will not reflect in Gujarat. 

  • 15:22 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting at Deesa, Banaskantha

  • 15:21 (IST)

    Recap: On Day 1 of Rahul Gandhi's 'Navsarjan with Congress', Congress vice-president attacks note ban, demonetisation and the developments regarding Jay Shah  

    Asserting that the Centre's decision to reduce the GST rates on a number of items was due to pressure from the Opposition, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said he would not rest till the five-slab "Gabbar Singh Tax" was converted into the "Goods and Services Tax" with an 18 percent cap.

    The Gandhi scion, who launched his poll campaign in north Gujarat after offering prayers at the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar, said that GST was in dire need of structural changes. "It is good that the Congress party and the people of this country pressurised BJP to bring down many items from 28 percent bracket to 18 percent. However, we are not happy and we shall not stop. India does not need five different taxes but one tax. GST needs structural change," he said.

    Read more here

  • 15:15 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi is now expected to visit Wadinath Temple in Thara soon 

  • 14:59 (IST)

    More visuals from the rally in Banaskantha district

  • 14:57 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi addresses the audience in Palanpur. Twitter@ashokgehlot51

  • 14:47 (IST)

    Visuals from Rahul Gandhi's public address in Palanpur, Banaskantha district

  • 14:32 (IST)

    #Recap: Rahul Gandhi says Congress won't disrespect the prime minister's position

    On Sunday, the Congress leader said, "Whatever we do, spot Modi's faults or disturb BJP, we won't disrespect PM's position. When Modi Ji was in the Opposition, he used to speak with disrespect about the prime minister (Manmohan Singh). 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 prime minister."

  • 14:10 (IST)

    Here are pictures from the events Rahul Gandhi took part in on the second day of the Navsarjan Yatra on Sunday.

  • 13:58 (IST)

    Comparing Gujarat with Himachal Pradesh

    With the two Indian states, namely Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, going to polls this season, Rahul Gandhi compared the achievements of the Congress-led Himachal government with those of the BJP-led state government in Gujarat.

    Gandhi also claimed that the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh, where polling took place on 9 November, had done better work than the BJP regime in Gujarat, which goes to the polls in December. He claimed that development in Himachal Pradesh far exceeded the 'Gujarat Model'. 

    "The Congress government in Himachal Pradesh opened four medical colleges, but in Gujarat, no (new) medical college has come up," Gandhi said. "The Himachal government did not close down a single school, but the Gujarat government shut down 13,000 government schools. Himachal gave 14 lakh houses to the poor (under a scheme), but in Gujarat, the number of houses given by the government was half of that. Gujarat also lags behind Himachal in education and generating jobs," he said.

  • 13:53 (IST)

    On GST and demonetisation

    The two issues around which Rahul Gandhi has focussed his rally speeches in Gujarat have been GST and demonetisation. On Saturday, claimed in a rally in Himmatnagar that the current tax slabs were designed to benefit the rich. "The aim of GST was to break the backbone of small and medium businesses in India and to strengthen the backbones of a selected few rich industrialists," Gandhi emphasised that India needed a unified tax and simple tax and if the BJP-led Central government did not manage to fix GST, then the Congress party will make sure it happens "when they come to power".

    The 47-year-old Amethi MP also slammed demonetisation, saying, "The government which tells people at 8 pm in the night that it is going to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes within four hours, does not know what is in the hearts of people." He made an analogy that the BJP government lived in a "house without doors or windows" and that only such a government "which doesn't care about what's going on outside and who don't know what the people need" could implement the note ban.

  • 13:44 (IST)

    Visuals from Danta in Banaskantha district, where Rahul Gandhi got down from the tour bus to meet the crowd that had gathered

  • 13:25 (IST)

    Crowds gather around Rahul Gandhi's bus on Sunday as he campaigns through Gujarat during the road trip

  • 13:22 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi addresses the crowd on the second leg of the Navsarjan Yatra. Image courtesy: Twitter@ashokgehlot51

  • Congress VP addresses crowd in Gujarati

    Rahul Gandhi went beyond the typical Gujarati greeting "kem chho", and spoke an entire sentence in Gujarati, stating that, "Gujarat ma Modiji aave, Amit Shahji aave, UP na CM Yogiji aave, toye Bhajap ​sarkar nahi aave (Even if Modi, Amit Shah or UP chief minister Yogiji comes to Gujarat, a BJP government won't come to the state)​"

  • 'Running on schedule'

    Rahul Gandhi's programme on the second day of the Navsarjan Yatra on Sunday is running on time, as per schedule. Here are the events for the rest of the day:

    ·       1 pm : Swagat at Mota, Banaskantha 

    ·       1:30 pm : Corner meeting at Hawai Pillar Ground, Deesa, Banaskantha district

    ·       2:30 pm : Swagat by Bhildi, Banaskantha district

    ·       3:30 pm : Visit to Wadinath Temple, Thara

    ·       3:45 pm : Corner meeting at OP Plaza Ground, Thara

    ·       4:45 pm : Visit to Sada Ram Bapu Ashram at Totana, Banaskantha district

    ·       5:15 pm : Swagat at Roda, Patan district

    ·       6 pm : Swagat at Kansada Darwaja, Patan

    ·       6:15 pm : Public meeting at Pragati Maidan, Patan

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi arrived in Gujarat on Saturday on a three-day visit, his fourth in a row to the poll-bound state. This time he is visiting the stronghold of the BJP, in north Gujarat.

Gandhi is expected to attack the ruling BJP, both in the state as well as the Centre, on various fronts like the Goods and Services Tax, demonetisation, unemployment, Patidars, farmer distress and price rise et al.

As the state gears up for the state assembly elections on 9 and 14 December, political bigwigs have made Gujarat their second home and the Gandhi scion is no exception.

In the last two months, not just Gandhi, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national chief Amit Shah have been to the state several times.

Gandhi arrived at the Ahmedabad airport on Saturday morning. Then in a completely unplanned move, he headed to the Akshardham Temple Gandhinagar. After 'tilak' and 'darshan' he set out for the Chiloda village, adjoining the state capital.

Gandhi during his recent visits, has made it a point to visit most of the pilgrim places and famous temples.

He will later visit Chala and Majra chokdi, both in Gandhinagar district.

From there he will head to Prantij and Himmatnagar before going to Idar, a tribal region. In Himmatnagar, Gandhi will be addressing a farmers gathering.

In the afternoon he will be visiting the Khedbrahmma region, as well as visit the famous Ambaji temple. In Idar, as well as in Vadali, he will have corner meetings, similar to the 'Chai Pe Charcha' type.

 Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat updates: China does in a day for employment what Modi does in a year, says Congress VP

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Gandhinagar on Saturday. Firstpost/Darshan Desai

His night halt will be in Ambaji town. Before his Ambaji temple 'darshan', he will address a public meeting on the rights of tribals at Khedbrahmma.

Gandhi's frequent visits have sprung quite a surprise in political circles, and have been unprecedented.

Political pundits opine that as far as Congress leaders, especially from the 10, Janpath in Delhi are concerned, visits to the state have always been for a single day.

Until now, they were mostly characterised by a single public meeting in some remote tribal region. But this is probably for the first time that three-day visits have been planned and executed in Gujarat and that too, in urban areas as well.

On Sunday, Gandhi will have an interaction with the social media and IT teams of the party followed by his visits Danta and Jalotra and a public meeting at Palanpur in Banaskantha district.

In Deesa, Gandhi will once again address small gatherings of youth and talk about Yuva Rojgar.

On Sunday he will be visiting and having 'darshan' of two temples, one at Thara and the other Totana. He will also address a public meeting at the Thara ground.

Late on Sunday evening he will arrive at former chief minister Anandiben Patel's bastion, Patan, and address a public meeting. He will make a night halt at Patan Circuit House.

On Monday, Gandhi will meet Dalit leaders in the morning after his 'darshan' to Patan's Vir Megh Maya Temple.

After that he will be visiting four villages in the area and once again have a small gathering and discussion (Chopal-style) with the nomadic tribe communities.

On the last day of his three-day sojourn, Gandhi will have a 'darshan' in three temples. First in Varana, where he will also address a public meeting, then in Shankheshwar temple and later in Becharaji, where he will also address the 'Rojgar Adhikar Sabha'.

Gandhi will arrive in the Mehsana constituency of Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, where he will address women at 'Mahila Adhikar Sabha'.

He will end the visit on Monday with small corner meetings in Visnagar, the place from where the Patidar reservation stir initiated. He will then leave for Delhi.

With inputs from IANS


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Updated Date: Nov 13, 2017 12:23:13 IST