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Guj polls: BJP has turned Sardar Patel, Gandhiji into products, says Rahul

He was not a small man who will belong to anyone, Rahul Gandhi said

Press Trust of India  |  Anand 

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi greets party workers at a rally in Pavi Jetpur, Chhota Udaipur
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi greets party workers at a rally in Pavi Jetpur, Chhota Udaipur

The has turned leaders such as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and Bose into "product", vice president said on Friday.

Gandhi addressed a campaign meeting in Anand town in central which is historically associated with Patel, a stalwart of freedom struggle and the country's first home minister.

"You (state chief Bharatsinh Solanki) said that was a leader. You named (V D) Savarkar and others, and said that did not belong to the but to the

"This is a fact that he was part of party. But if we go deeper to understand Sardar Patel, we will find that he is a voice in the heart of Gujarat," Gandhi said.

"does not belong to either or or Solanki, or to or India, but he belongs to the world," the leader said.

"He was not a small man who will belong to anyone. He was a great man, a voice in the heart of who fought for the state. Nothing can be bigger than this," Gandhi said.

"The party will always respect him, but I would like to tell you that sometimes it appears that whether it is Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Bose, it sometimes appears that they (BJP) have turned them into a product," Gandhi said.

He also criticised the over its manifesto, saying it was made in a hurry at Union finance minister Arun Jaitley's office, without talking to the people of

First Published: Sat, December 09 2017. 09:48 IST