Ummid Assistant

Indian students in Germany need not pay to study: Envoy

Microsoft offers tech courses to Indian academia

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home Politics

Modi's Gujarat vibrant only for his pet industrialists: Congress

Saturday November 03, 2012 06:45:55 PM, Rajat Ghai, IANS

Related Article

Gujarat Elections: Survey predicts landslide win for BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to sweep 50 percent of all votes and win 133 of the 182 seats in the upcoming 

Gujarat elections will not be a cakewalk for Modi: Veteran activist

Modi says BJP will sweep Gujarat elections

Ahmedabad: As the election campaign in Gujarat heats up, the state Congress, which has been out of power since 1995 when it lost to the BJP, is confident of ousting the three-term Narendra Modi government in the December polls.

"The people of Gujarat are fed up with the Modi government. Modi claims Gujarat is vibrant and he has well-oiled machinery to propagate his lies. But the people of Gujarat have realised and exposed his fake claims. The Gujarat voter will give a befitting reply in December. Modi will be defeated," said a confident Leader of Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil of the Gujarat Congress.

But how will the Congress counter the onslaught of Modi, with his enigmatic personality and shrill rhetoric, that too in a state which has remained polarised since 2002?

"We are exposing Modi's lies. 'Vibrant Gujarat' is a myth. Modi's Gujarat is vibrant only for his five pet industrialists, not for the 'aam aadmi'. Over 16 farmers have committed suicide due to debt or poverty. Crimes against women have increased. Over 16,000 children have gone missing during the Modi regime. Modi moves around with 300-plus commandos, but there is no safety net for the people. Farmers and small and medium entrepreneurs are all tired and feel betrayed.

"We are voicing the concern of the aam aadmi and thereby exposing Modi. His benefits have been for Tata and Essar only. He has doled out benefits. There is nothing for the aam aadmi in Gujarat," Gohil told IANS in an interview.

He also debunked the perception that Modi had brought development to Gujarat. "Listen, only those who have NOT been to Gujarat before 2001 are touting it as developed. Gujarat has always been developed and progressive."

What about the fact that the Congress in Gujarat is in disorder? That it has not even projected a chief ministerial candidate till now?

"There is no leadership crisis in the Gujarat Congress. Unlike the BJP, we don't have an authoritarian dictator imposing his whims and fancies on us. We are a democratic party and for us, the organisation matters more than any individual. We don't have a system of declaring chief ministerial candidates," Gohil said.

What will the Congress' poll strategy be? How will it reach out to the state's five distinct regions, its communities and groups like farmers?

"We are focussing on the whole of Gujarat and not any one particular region. Because the entire state needs to be freed from the clutches of Modi," Gohil said.

"As far as communities are concerned, the aam aadmi will vote for the Congress irrespective of his or her caste and class. And Muslims in Gujarat are not carried away by Modi's 'Sadbhavana' (goodwill) farce."

"Farmers will get uninterrupted power supply. Right now, that is not the case. Also competitive prices for their products. Right now, farmers are the most hassled section in the Modi regime. Their land is being snatched away by mafias. All this will be checked through a special farmer's policy," Gohil said.

Elections to the 182-member Gujarat assembly will be held Dec 13 and 17 and votes will be counted Dec 20.

The BJP has 117 seats in the outgoing assembly and the Congress 59. The Nationalist Congress Party has three seats and the Janata Dal-United one, while there are two independents.

While the BJP first came to power in March 1995, Modi became chief minister only in October 2001. The party was returned to power in the 2002 and 2007 elections. Between 1995 and now, the state was briefly under President's Rule in September-October 1996 and was then ruled by the Rashtriya Janata Party, which had broken away from the BJP, from October 1996 to March 1998, when the BJP returned to power.

(Rajat Ghai can be contacted at






Home | Top of the Page


Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS



More Headlines

National Innovation Council poised to launch fund: Pitroda

I owe my fifer to Praveen: Imtiaz

Abdus Sattar elected as Mayor of Nanded

Don't flip-flop like Kejriwal, Premji tells media

Security guard doubles up as paramedic at Delhi hospital

City leader offers cash for criminal's head, served on ice

Decoding Arvind Kejrewal

Thousands of contract teachers march in Patna

Indian-Americans emerging from the shadows in US politics

Why single out Gadkari on corruption, asks RSS leader


Top Stories

All set in Himachal Pradesh for Sunday's elections

Himachal Pradesh is all set to vote Sunday to elect a new 68-member assembly, with a close contest in the offing between arch rivals Congress and the ruling BJP.  

Ahead of poll day, arch rivals spar over corruption

Himachal Pradesh polls: 37 percent candidates never filed IT returns


  Most Read

Swamy seeks de-recognition of Congress

Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy Saturday said he will urge the Election Commission to de-recognize the Congress for providing  

Proud to support National Herald with loan: Congress

Indian doctor killed in UAE hospital

Indian doctor Rajan Daniel's throat was slit inside a hospital in Abu Dhabi by a Pakistani man who blamed him for his relative's death, a media report said Saturday. The Pakistani was armed with a big knife when he stormed the private hospital Thursday. He grabbed the Indian urologist and fatally stabbed him after the death of his relative  


  News Pick

Decoding Arvind Kejrewal

Arvind Kejrewal, the social activist turned politician who is acquiring the center stage of the political scene seems to be the voice of the nation. The way he has stormed into  

TDP leader Yerran Naidu dies in road accident

Telugu Desam Party's senior leader and former central minister K. Yerran Naidu died in a road accident in Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam district early Friday. He was 55. The mishap took place when a car 

Sikh `genocide' petition tabled in Australian parliament

An Australian lawmaker has tabled in parliament a petition seeking that the horrific violence that took place in November 1984 in India following the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi be recognised as genocide against the Sikh community. At least 3,000 Sikhs were killed  

Do AMU off campus centers come within the ambit of Sir Syed`s vision?

The foundation of this institute in the background of abysmal intellectual and educational condition of Muslims of India gives an understanding of the needs of this institute  


Picture of the Day

President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Mohd. Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other dignitaries at a prayer meeting at the Samadhi of former Prime Minister, Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi, on her death anniversary, at Shakti Sthal, in Delhi on October 31, 2012.


Recommend the story to your friends



RSS  |  Contact us


| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant



Science & Technology



About us




Government Schemes










Contact us




    Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

2012 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.