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Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat highlights: Congress VP calls GST 'Gabbar Singh Tax', says demonetisation 'senseless' decision

Gujarat is priceless and can never be bought, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said, a day after Patidar leader Narendra Patel claimed in Ahmedabad that he was offered Rs 1 crore to join the BJP.

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Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat highlights: Congress VP calls GST 'Gabbar Singh Tax', says demonetisation 'senseless' decision

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OBC leader Alpesh Thakor accepts Congress ticket, likely to join party on 23 October

Aggressive young Gujarat OBC leader Alpesh Thakor on Saturday announced he was joining the Congress, as state party chief Bharatsinh Solanki urged firebrand Patidar spearhead Hardik Patel and Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani to also join the Congress.

Thakor, who has emerged as a strong OBC leader along with Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mewani during the last two years, announced his move in New Delhi after an evening meeting with Ahmed Patel, political secretary to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, and Rahul Gandhi.

Thakor said he and his supporters would formally join the Opposition party at a massive rally in the state capital Gandhinagar on Monday. Rahul Gandhi would fly down especially for the rally.

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Hardik Patel tweets that it's not just him, but 6 crore Gujaratis who will battle the BJP

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the offensive against the Opposition parties, especially Congress, and alleged that they were 'anti-development', Patidar leader Hardik Patel and his aides alleged corruption against the state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

In a tweet, Patel said that he is not the one asking questions from the BJP government in Gujarat, "BJP ke saamne main nahi, Gujarat ki 6 crore janata lad rahi hai. Vyapaari, kisaan, sabhi samuday, labourers BJP ki tanashahi se pareshaan hain (Not me, but the public of Gujarat will be fighting against BJP. Traders, farmers, all communities and labourers are tired of BJP's dictatorial attitude.)"

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Oct 23, 2017 - 17:28 (IST)

InPictures: Rahul Gandhi playing dandiya during his Navsarjan Yatra in poll-bound Gujarat

Oct 23, 2017 - 17:11 (IST)

Watch: Rahul Gandhi mocks Narendra Modi on demonetisation, says move a senseless decision

Oct 23, 2017 - 17:09 (IST)

BJP's GST is Gabbar Singh Tax: Rahul Gandhi

Criticising the BJP over the implementation of Goods and Services Tax, Rahul Gandhi today gave a mock title to the new tax regime. "Ye jo inka GST hai ye aam aadmi pe bojh hai... ye GST nahi ye Gabbar Singh Tax hai," Gandhi said. 

Oct 23, 2017 - 16:13 (IST)

Youth of Gujarat cannot find jobs in their own state: Rahul Gandhi

Highlighting the issue of joblessness in the state, Rahul Gandhi said, "When you click a selfie and click that button, every time a Chinese youth gets employment." He said that the BJP is fond of jumlas and all its policies are nothing but empty words. 

Oct 23, 2017 - 16:04 (IST)

Oct 23, 2017 - 16:02 (IST)

Loan waivers are for rich industrialists, not poor farmers: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi hit out at the BJP government alleging that the party was in cahoots with big industrialists. He said that while the party believes in 'negotiating' with defaulters like Vijay Mallya, the BJP has no qualms about the struggle of poor farmers of Gujarat.

Oct 23, 2017 - 15:57 (IST)

BJP sold the governance in Gujarat to 5-10 industrialists: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi came down heavily on the BJP government in state claiming that the BJP has put governnance in the hands of 5-10 industrialists. "Hardik (Patel), Jignesh (Mevani)have a voice in their heart...and that voice is inside all Gujaratis... This voice can neither be nor can it be bought," Gandhi said. 

Oct 23, 2017 - 15:53 (IST)

'Made in China is the truth of India': Rahul Gandhi's 'Make in China' jibe at Modi

Taking a jibe at Narendra Modi's pet project, Make in India, Rahul Gandhi said that only BJP needs a reality check to find out that 'Made in China' is the reality. He said that the rest of the nation already knows that any claim stating otherwise are completely hollow, adding that 30 lakh youths were unemployed in Gujarat alone. 

Oct 23, 2017 - 15:46 (IST)

All sections of society agitating in Gujarat: Rahul Gandhi

"There is no section of society in Gujarat which is not agitating today, which isn't a part of one movement or another," Gandhi said. He also took a dig on the state government for failing to understand the needs of various social groups in the state. 

Oct 23, 2017 - 15:44 (IST)

Meanwhile... confusion prevails over Hardik Patel and Rahul Gandhi's meeting

Amid conflicting media reports, confusion prevailed over whether or not Patidar leader Hardik Patel met Rahul Gandhi. Even as TV channel reports suggested that the two leaders held a closed door meeting at a hotel, sources close to Hardik told ANI that the Patidar leader did not meet Gandhi. The meeting, according to him will take place when Gandhi is in Gujarat for the third leg of his navsarjan yatra. 

Gujarat is priceless and can never be bought, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said, a day after Patidar leader Narendra Patel claimed in Ahmedabad that he was offered Rs 1 crore to join the BJP.

The activist of the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) made his claim at a press conference last evening, hours after he announced that he was joining the BJP.

"Gujarat is priceless. It has never been been bought. It can never be bought. It will never be bought," Gandhi said on Twitter.

The BJP has rubbished Narendra Patel's charges and said it was a "drama" staged at the behest of the Congress.

"All these allegations are false. It was a drama (enacted) by Narendra Patel at the behest of Congress," Gujarat BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya said.

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