Congress party president Rahul Gandhi said he is not Hinduwadi (pro-Hindu) but he is Rashtrawadi (pro-nation). He was speaking at a media-interaction function organised in the city on Tuesday. Seeking to acquire an image of a Hindu leader, Gandhi said, “I am not Hinduwadi but I am Rashtrawadi and respect all religions.
I know Hindu religion better than them (BJP). It is fine when Modi and Shah visit a temple wearing clothes provided by the priest. If I do it, BJP says I am wearing fancy dress,” he remarked. Gandhi said he doesn’t need certificate from BJP and RSS for being a Hindu.
Replying to a query on rise in fuel rates, Gandhi said rate of petrol in UPA’s tenure was Rs 65-67 per litre but has increased to Rs 80-85 per litre during NDA rule. “The money BJP government gained due to fuel price rise has reached pockets of RSS, Mehul Choksi, Ambanis and other industrialists,” Gandhi remarked.
Targeting Prime Minister, he said Narendra Modi didn’t fulfil his promises, which he had made before being elected to power. “There are no jobs while condition of farmers remains poor. There is lot of money in Madhya Pradesh but only with BJP leaders,” he added.
He admitted that Congress committed mistakes in 2014 general elections. “We lost in 2014 due to our mistakes. We have learnt from these mistakes and have made the policies accordingly,” he said, adding, “We will not give tickets to parachute leaders and also to those who lost elections multiple times. There will be few exceptions though.”
Who will be Cong CM in MP?
Responding to a question on CM’s face in MP, Rahul Gandhi said Congress has two leaders for the post. He was referring to Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia. “Kamal Nath is experienced while Scindia is young and dynamic. I want to use both of them instead of selecting one as the face. MP’s people and party activists will decide who will be the chief minister,” he said and that Congress will win in Chhattisgarh too where BJP is in power with 1 percent vote margin.
Terrorism in J&K on rise due to BJP
The AICC chief blamed Modi government for rise in terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. “Its coalition with PDP has given opportunity to terrorists due to which our soldiers are dying. Congress had replied to Pakistan strategically and will do it again,” Gandhi said. He also mocked at statements of BJP leaders on Pakistan and said BJP wants to address the problem with speeches only.
Gandhi to industrialists
‘Will revamp GST regime and make it business-friendly’
Congress party president Rahul Gandhi said his party will overhaul GST regime if voted to power in the general elections next year. He said tax policies will be formed after consulting all stakeholders including traders, businessmen and tax consultants. “It will be business-friendly,” he said while interacting with leading industrialists, traders at Anand Mohan Mathur auditorium on Tuesday morning.
The audience asked eight questions to him during interactive session, which lasted for 1.20 hours. Replying to a question about rise in crimes against women in the state, he alleged that state government has not taken any steps in this direction.
Vyapam, mining scams
Congress president Rahul Gandhi said party will carry out thorough investigation into Vyapam and mining scams if voted to power in the state in this year’s assembly elections. He said BJP-led government is immersed deep in corruption.
Rahul’s views are clear, say businessmen
Congress president Rahul Gandhi held an interactive session with industrialists and businessmen at Anand Mohan Mathur auditorium on Tuesday, which lasted for 1.20 hours. Advocates and teachers were also present. At the end of meeting, industrialists and businessmen told Free Press that Rahul Gandhi has matured over the years. His thoughts on GST, corruption and crime against women were clear. Gautam Kothari, president Pithampur Audhyogik Sangathan, said, “We see a complete transformation in personality of Rahul Gandhi. His thoughts are balanced. He did not use abusive language for any opponent during interaction.” Invitation was not extended to Association of Industries of Madhya Pradesh (AIMP), which has more than 1200 member in MP and is the biggest representative body of MSME units in the state.