Is 'Gujarat model of development' a failure? Rahul Gandhi thinks so

Rahul who spoke for about an hour used the platform to formally kick-start party's campaign for forthcoming Assembly polls in the state by hitting out at BJP on various counts and expressing confidence of Congress making it to power after a gap of 22

He said all these will ensure the defeat of the BJP in Gujarat. He however made it clear that the Congress Vice President did not say anything about the appointment of the new PCC Chief. "Modi" obliged by blasting the BJP and poking fun at its development agenda.

Gandhi is on a day-long visit to Gujarat to kick off the party's Assembly election campaign, with a focus on strengthening and revving up the party organization in the state.

The elevation comes ahead of the year end Gujarat assembly elections, where Rahul has challenged the supremacy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah in their home state.

Nevertheless, as per sources in the party, the central leadership planned to re-look at the party organisation in the state and a change is in the offing for the party in Orissa.

The party has finalized a slogan "Congress aave che-navsarjan Gujarat" (Congress is coming-resurgent Gujarat), according to Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi. A President and 3 Working Presidents could be appointed, it is believed.

Committees have been formed on on election, candidate selection, campaign and manifesto in a bid to accommodate functionaries from all regions. Rahul reportedly gave his views on the party's affairs in the state and said he kept a close watch on all activities. "We need real, hard-working, honest grassroots people". Sensing the situation, senior Congress leaders rushed onto the stage and whisked him off. "The Congress has no place for them, we don't want them".

The fall of 2 per cent in GDP was a negative fallout of demonetization. While Modi has given Tata Rs. 36,000 crore as bank loan and Rs. 60,000 crore in total for their Nano project, which is twice the debt of Gujarat's farmers. The AAP is in the process of weaving its political campaign around the slogan "Gujarat no sankalp, AAP aj kharo vikalp" (Gujarat's pledge, AAP is the only alternative), said AAP's Gujarat media co-ordinator Harshil Nayak. "Had the same amount been given to farmers and small businessmen, it would have created lakhs of jobs". Rahul asked, as he deftly moved a double-edged sword into "the biggest issue facing the country today of unemployment" and stated Gujarat was the best placed to solve this problem in a big way.

"Rahulji assured them that the Congress will provide all possible help to small and medium businesses, which were badly hit by GST and demonetisation".

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