Mehsana, December 20: Taking head on to PM Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has decided to spearhead his party’s campaign right from the hub of Patidar quota agitation which rocked BJP’s political aims last year in Gujarat.
Tomorrow Gandhi will address a public rally in Mehsana which is just a fortnight after Prime Minister Modi’s addressed to farmers in the same district. Modi had accused the opposition parties for stalling Parliament proceedings and not letting him speak over demonetisation in the house.
While opposition jibed at PM for his remarks and termed his silence in the parliament as a deliberate one.
The focus of Gandhi’s rally is demonetisation and plight of poor informed the Congress Party. Since PM Modi announced noteban on November 8, Rahul Gandhi has lashed out PM for ignoring the concerns of farmers and common people on several occassions.
After latest notification of RBI regarding immediate submission of old notes more than Rs 5000 only once in the bank, Gandhi said today: RBI is changing rules like the PM changes his clothes
RBI is changing rules like the PM changes his clothes:R
— ANI (@ANI) December 20, 2016
“The demonetisation drive has hit the poor very hard. Rahul Gandhi will be in Mehsana to address the plight of the common man who has been struggling to cope up with the sudden cash crunch,” said Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Bharatsinh Solanki.
Last year, the “Patidars” which form a key vote bank for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party launched a mass level agitation over reservation benefits to its community in college admissions and government jobs. Failing to control the agitations BJP weakened its position in the countryside.
Congress snatched 5 districts and 27 taluka panchayats from the BJP in the November 2015 elections soon after Patidar stir in Gujarat.
PM Modi later on mediated, and replaced chief minister Anandiben Patel with Vijay Rupani.
Currently ruling BJP is reeling under high pressure to mobilize cash crunch caused by demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes before December 30. Long queues at banks and ATMs and cash crunch have affected daily life all across the country.
There has been a speculation of early elections in Gujarat following the heavy political activities in Gujarat by BJP. The assembly elections are however scheduled in December next year. Just after 7 days after Rahul’s
Just after 7 days after Rahul’s adress 1,000 gram panchayats will go to elections here.