Rahul concludes rally with a promise to revisit Surat on 8 November
Rahul Gandhi said that he does not just believe in giving speeches but also listening to the people. He said that he will visit again on 8 November and visit the industries and workshops in Surat to understand the traders' sentiment.
8 November is also the anniversary of demonetisation, which the Congress has decided to observe as a 'black day."
Why is PM Modi silent on Jay Shah's business dealings, asks Rahul Gandhi
Criticising the BJP over the controversial business dealings of Jay Amit Shah, Rahul said that it was a miraculous formula perhaps with which they could multiply there gains at such a rate. Rahul said that Modi should change his slogan frm "na khaunga na khane dunga" to "na bolunga na bolne dunga".
"Modi used to say he was the guard against corruption, I say he is a partner in corruption," Gandhi said.
GST is Gabbar Singh Tax, it's aimed at looting your money: Rahul Gandhi
"This is not GST, this is Gabbar Singh Tax. Its aim is to take away your hard earned money. They talk about Ease of Doing Business and bring back American certificate to make tall claims. We don't need certificates to see the reality.," Gandhi said.
Rahul Gandhi hits out at Modi over demonetisation
"He spent two percent of India's GDP in implementing demonetisation, now he wants to celebrate it too," Rahul Gandhi said. He said that Modi did not even stop there. He went on and implemented the GST in a wrong manner. It was our idea and he ruined it. We told them to implement it in a phased manner but they acted on a whim. This did not harm the richest of the richest. It destroyed Surat," Gandhi said.
"Only Surat's businessmen have the capacity to match up to China's challange. If ever India were to compete with China, only Surat's traders can do it and they will add impetus to the rest of the nation's growth," Rahul Gandhi said.
"BJP used all your resources, your power and channeled it to a few industrialist. That's how they ran the state for 22 years," Rahul Gandhi said.
Gujarat only state in India where 90% educational institutes are privatised: Rahul Gandhi
BJP failed in generating employment: Rahul Gandhi
Congress invested money in MGNREGA, BJP gifted it to TATAs
"While the Congress party invested money in the MGNREGA scheme to generate employment, the BJP gave your money, your land and your resources to Tata to make Nano cars. Where are those cars," Rahul Gandhi said.
Fight is between Gujarat's truth and BJP's rants: Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi said that there's a huge difference between the state's truth and the BJP's version of the truth. While on one hand, the state suffered, the BJP's truth is their friendship to big industrialists.
Amid chants of Jai Sardar, Jai Bhavani, Rahul Gandhi starts address at Varacha in Surat
Rahul Gandhi reaches Surat amid rousing welcome
As Congress goes all out to woo Patidars, its core votebank Muslims disenchanted over party abandoning them for Patels
"Absence of a credible option has once again made Muslims reliant on the Congress despite resentment that the grand old party has dumped them for the influential Patidar community.
That apart, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s temple visits during his campaign in the state has also made them think that the opposition party is adopting a soft-Hindutva approach in a bid to counter the BJP," an article in Hindustan Timesstates.
Why Surat rally is strategic for Congress poll strategy?
As the Congress party looks at gaining off the Patidar community's disenchantent with the BJP, Surat automatically assumes importance for the party as the Patidar agitation took birth in July 2015 in this region.
Moreover, the region not only emerged as a nerve point of the Patel agitation but is also strategically important given the problems faced by traders owing to demonetisation and implementation of the GST regime. The textile and diamond hub in the region have suffered due to the short-term impacts of the Modi government's policies and the Congress would want to woo them over.
Rahul Gandhi to address mega rally in Surat shortly
Congress will include Dalit demands in its manifesto: Jignesh Mevani
“Rahul-ji called us in a pro-active approach. There was discussion, there was debate, there was a dialogue. He has promised to include most of our demands in the Congress manifesto. We will do everything to defeat the anti-people BJP,” Mevani said.
Meanwhile.. BJP questions Congress's quota promise to Patidars
The BJP asked Patidar leader Hardik Patel and the Congress to clarify their positions after senior Congress leader Mohansinh Rathwa said it is not possible to carve out a quota for the Patidar community in the existing 49 per cent reservations.
Rathwa, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, made the statement at a rally before party vice president Rahul Gandhi's arrival at the tribal-dominated Nana Pondha village in Valsad district on Thursday.
"Patidars will be given reservation without interfering with the current quota of 49 per cent. There will not be any change in the current quota. If we give reservation, it has to be outside that quota," said Rathwa, a tribal leader and the senior-most Congress MLA in the state.
Rahul Gandhi said 90% of our demands were not demands but constitutional rights: Jignesh Mewani after meeting Congress VP
Jignesh Mevani spoke to the press after meeting Rahul Gandhi. The Dalit leader appeared positive about his interaction with the Congress VP but stopped short of declaring his party's support to the Congress. He said that Rahul at least heard his community's demands while the BJP was never even interested to talk.
He said that he will do whatever it takes to defeat "janvirodhi BJP". He also claimed that the Congress VP had said that 90% of their demands were not even demands but the constitutional rights of Dalits.
With inputs from Darshan Desai
Mevani had kept 17 point demand letter in front of Congress VP
Mevani had met Rahul Gandhi wanting the Congress' stand on 17 demands related to his community. The demands include an allotment of five acres of farmland to the Dalits, alternative employment for those involved in cattle-skinning and manual scavenging and the release of a probe report into an incident of firing on the community members at Thangadh in Surendranagar district in 2012.
Rahul Gandhi meets Jignesh Mevani; Dalit pledges support to Congress: Reports
Various media reports claim that the Convener of the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch Jignesh Mevani has met Congress VP Rahul gandhi and the duo managed to come to a consensus to ally ahead of the Assembly polls. Mevani has reportedly declared his support for Congress in the elections.
Mevani, who had dubbed BJP anti-Dalit, shot to fame after the Una Dalit flogging incident last year.
Rahul Gandhi addresses women Congress workers in navsari
Mr Modi doesn't know the difference between cash and black money: Rahul Gandhi takes dig at PM
"Mr Modi doesn't understand that all cash is not black money. The daily wage of a paid labourer is not black money. The daily earnings of small shopkeepers is not black money," Gandhi said amid loud applause. He claimed that the black money Modi was busy looking for in poor man's pockets was hidden in foreign bank accounts.
Rahul Gandhi criticises Modi over unemployment; 'what happened to your promise,' Congress VP asks
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has failed in providing jobs to the youth, and instead of creating two crore jobs every year as promised by him, only one lakh jobs are being generated a year, Gandhi said.
Rahul Gandhi slams BJP govt for failing to ensure affordable education in Gujarat
"Gujarat's 90% Colleges, Universities are private. This is the only state in India where 15,000 government schools have been shut:" Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi speaks at Italva, Navsari
Rahul Gandhi visits Patidar farmers in Valsad
Rahul Gandhi says land acquisition is biggest form of corruption in Gujarat
It is raining promises in Gujarat! As the Assembly elections draw closer, politicians are striving to woo voters with multiple poll promises, each trying to package their claims in a new, more attractive wrap.
Rahul Gandhi, who was on the third day of his visit to south Gujarat, today, claimed that Congress would ease the land acquisition laws if voted to power. He claimed that he biggest corruption in the present government was in acquiring lands of poor farmers for dishing out favours to big industrialists, an India Todayreport stated.
In Surat, Hardik Patel launches biopic on himself hours before Rahul Gandhi's rally
Hours before Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to address a public rally in Surat’s Patel-dominated Varachha area at 7 pm, firebrand Patidar leader Hardik Patel is launching a Hindi film made on him called, Hammein Haq Chahiye, Haq Se, in the same area.
This is one of the key regions where the Patidar agitation took birth in July 2015.
Directed by Rakesh Jaggi, who had also worked on popular soap operas like Kahani Ghar Ghar ki and Kyu Ki Sas Bhi Kabhi Bahu thi. The starcast includes popular names like Ankit Bhardwaj, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, and Sudesh Berry.
Watch: Rahul Gandhi perform aarti at Shri Ranchhodray temple
Enroute Surat, Rahul Gandhi's convoy halts at another temple amid BJP's allegations of peddling soft Hindutva
On his way to Surat from Valsad, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took a stop at Shri Ranchhodray temple in a village in Valsad. Rahul performed aarti and offered prayers at the temple according to the local rituals.
Meanwhile, the BJP has been critical of the Congress VP's temple visits in Gujarat. The ruling party had taken digs at Rahul for his "new-found" faith in Hindu Gods. Rahul, had however, hit back at the saffron party claiming that temples were open for all and not the private property of BJP leaders.
"Kya mujhe mandir jaana mana hai (am I not allowed to visit temples?)" he had told reporters who alleged that his visit was intended to cancel out the BJP's allegation that the Congress minces around Hindu symbolism to appease Muslims, reported NDTV.
Congress VP Rahul Gandhi to meet Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani
Mevani, who has been critical of the ruling BJP in the state, may meet Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is currently on an election campaign tour of south Gujarat.
Mevani had earlier said he would meet Rahul Gandhi only when he was called to discuss the opposition party's stand on various demands of the Dalit community.
"I want to make it clear that neither have I joined the Congress nor am I going to join the party in the future. Not just the Congress, I have no plans of joining any other party as of now," he had told reporters in Ahmedabad yesterday.
However, the young leader, who shot to fame after the Una Dalit flogging incident last year, had added that he was ready to meet Rahul Gandhi to know about the Congress' stand on 17 demands related to his community.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi would meet Gujarat Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani on Friday at Navsari, a spokesperson of the party said.
Mevani, who has been critical of the ruling BJP in the state, is expected to discuss the demands of his community when he meets the Congress vice-president, who is currently on an election campaign tour of south Gujarat.
File image of Rahul Gandhi. PTI
"Jignesh Mevani and other Dalit leaders had met Ashok Gehlot (Congress' Gujarat affairs in-charge) earlier and presented a set of demands to him," Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said.
"We have extended an invitation to Mevani to meet our vice-president Rahul Gandhi today. The two will meet at Navsari later in the day," he added. Congress Scheduled Castes (SC) cell national president K Raju also said a meeting had been arranged between Rahul and Mevani.
Mevani had earlier said he would meet Rahul only when he was called to discuss the opposition party's stand on various demands of the Dalit community.
The Dalit rights campaigner, who has dubbed the BJP "anti-Dalit", had also said he had no plans to join any political party. "I want to make it clear that neither have I joined the Congress nor am I going to join the party in the future. Not just the Congress, I have no plans of joining any other party as of now," he had told reporters in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
However, the young leader, who shot to fame after the Una Dalit flogging incident last year, had added that he was ready to meet Rahul to know about the Congress' stand on 17 demands related to his community. The demands include an allotment of five acres of farmland to the Dalits, alternative employment for those involved in cattle-skinning and manual scavenging and the release of a probe report into an incident of firing on the community members at Thangadh in Surendranagar district in 2012.
"Since the BJP government is not even ready to hold talks with us on these demands, it is very clear that it is anti Dalit. And, that is why we are also anti-BJP. But, that does not mean we are joining another party," Mevani had said.
"However, I am ready to meet Rahul Gandhi to know about his party's stand on these demands. I want to know what can they do for our community if they come to power (in Gujarat)," he had added.