Ahmedabad, Dec 12: While addressing his first press conference as Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday has termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s seaplane ride earlier in the day as a “political distraction to ignore real issues”.
He said “In last 22 years Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani have initiated only one-sided development here, adding the one only for 5-10 people, not everyone has been given their rights.
Modi ji agar #seaplane mein udna chahte hain toh kuch ghalat nahi, acchi baat hai lekin ye ek distraction hai, asli sawaal hai 22 saal mein janta ke liya kya kiya?: Rahul Gandhi pic.twitter.com/p6NjDE9CTl
— ANI (@ANI) December 12, 2017
“Whatever decision we will make about Gujarat, it will only be done after talking to the people of Gujarat, after listening to their voices. No decision will be taken unilaterally”, he added.
Speaking on controversies over visiting temples, the Congress elect president said “Whenever I went to a temple I just prayed for a ‘Sunehra Bhavishya’ for the people of Gujarat, a better development here. Is it wrong to go to a temple?.
“On Mani Shankar Aiyar’s remarks, We took action against him. But what PM Modi has been saying about Dr. Manmohan Singh is also not acceptable”, Rahul asserted.
Hitting out at Modi, the Congress leader said PM used to talk about corruption all the time. But after Jay Shah case and Rafale Deal were revealed, he stopped using the word “corruption” altogether.
“Election is won on narrative. Those who don’t change their narrative win the polls. If you see, BJP in Gujarat kept changing narrative but failed”
“The Congress has kept its focus on Gujarat’s issues of Small & Medium Enterprises, farmers, unemployment. For the last 3 months our party has tried to give a vision to Gujarat”, he asserted.
Talking about his role, Gandhi stated “As the President of Indian National Congress, my priority is to strengthen the party and aim to improve the current political discourse in our country”.
Earlier in the morning, Gandhi offered prayers at Jagannath temple in Ahmadabad, where the second phase of election will take place on December 14.