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Voice of Gujarat's youth can't be suppressed or bought, says Rahul Gandhi

Rahul said, 'Modiji, there is no price tag for this voice. Modiji you cannot purchase Gujarat's voice'

Press Trust of India  |  Gandhinagar 

Rahul Gandhi
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi

Vice-President on Monday targeted Prime Minister and said thousands of youths in Gujarat, belonging to all castes, will not remain silent now and their voices cannot be "suppressed" or "purchased".

He was addressing a rally which marked formal joining of OBC leader Alpesh Thakor in the as part of its strategy of broadening its political and social base to take on the long-ruling

Gandhi attacked and the while latching on to the bribery allegation made by Patel, an activist of the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS).

Patel, within hours of joining the BJP, alleged last night at a press conference that he was offered Rs 1 crore by the and was given a token amount of Rs 10 lakh, a charge rubbished by the saffron party.

"This Gujarati voice is not an ordinary voice. This voice of cannot be silenced or suppressed. You can offer any thing, (Rs) one crore, (Rs) 10 crore, (Rs) 50 crore, (Rs) 1000 crore, entire budget of India, entire money of the world, (but) this Gujarati voice cannot be purchased," Gandhi said.

"In the past also, there were attempts to suppress this voice. British tried to suppress Gandhiji, first in South Africa, then in and India. But the voice of drove out that superpower from the country," he said.

"Sardar Patelji, Gandhiji were from this land and they used to protect the voice of Gujarat," he said.

"But today this (BJP) government wants to suppress Gujarat's voice. They are so scared that they want to buy the voice," Gandhi alleged, adding "Modiji, there is no price tag for this voice. Modiji you cannot purchase Gujarat's voice."

During Gandhi's speech, Alpesh Thakor asked the crowd to be silent and listen to the vice president's speech.

At this, Gandhi said, "You want to make the crowd silent Alpeshji? But they cannot remain silent. Modiji has harassed them so much that they cannot remain silent."

The rally was organised by Thakor and his supporters.

"There are thousands of youths in who cannot remain silent now. They belong to all castes. There are two more youths like you (Thakor) - they are Hardik (Patel) and Jignesh (Mevani, a Dalit leader). Both of them cannot remain silent," the leader said.

Modi, on a visit to last week, mounted a stinging attack on the and the Nehru Gandhi family, saying they disliked and Gujaratis who were an "eyesore" for them.

In his 30-minute speech, Gandhi said, "Every caste is agitating here, I am surprised that everybody is agitating here. They are tired of false promises of the government."

The vice president also targeted and president Amit Shah on the issue of alleged business deals of the latter's son Jay Shah. Amit Shah and Jay have denied any wrongdoing.

"Modiji gave long lectures in (during his recent visits), but has not spoken a single line regarding the company of Jay Shah," Gandhi said.

"Modiji Make in India has failed. Only one company has benefited from the Make in India programme. The company was worth of Rs 50,000 and not made any progress till 2014. But after 2014 it grew to Rs 80 crore," he said.

"Modiji just speak one sentence about it. You had said that you will not indulge in corruption and would not allow others to do it, then what is this," Gandhi said.

On last Saturday, Thakor had met Gandhi in New Delhi and later announced that he would soon join the

The has been wooing leaders of various communities like Hardik Patel, Mevani and Thakor. The party is inviting them to join hands with the aim of expanding its base by securing the support of Patels, OBCs and Dalits, and dent the BJP's poll prospects in its stronghold.

The has been out of power in for the last 22 years.

First Published: Mon, October 23 2017. 22:06 IST