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Irani accuses Rahul Gandhi of insulting people of Gujarat

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Union minister Smriti Irani today accused of "insulting" the people of and claimed that the will suffer what she called a "historic defeat" in the upcoming assembly polls.

Irani's attack on the vice president came after he mocked the BJP's development model in at his public meetings in the poil-bound state.

Gandhi's remarks confirm that he is not only anti- progress but also mocks the idea of a developed and empowered India, she alleged in a statement, adding that he and his party prefer vote politics to 'vikas' (development).

"The manner in which has made fun of the dreams and aspirations of the people of will lead to a historic defeat for the party in the state election," said the Union minister for textiles and information and broadcasting in a statement.

Development is not something to be ridiculed, instead it should be welcomed but what is doing in is to insult the dreams and aspirations of 6.5 crore Gujaratis, she said.

Gandhi should devote time to Amethi, his Lok Sabha seat, as it needs more development works, she said, claiming that people of Amethi are asking for 'vikas' even as their MP goes around the nation mocking 'vikas'.

Tall Gujarati leaders like Sardar Patel and Morarji Desai were humiliated by the Nehru-Gandhi family, Irani alleged.

This trend continued when Narendra Modi, now prime minister, was the state's chief minister as the then UPA government "obstructed" raising of height of Narmada Dam, thus denying its benefits to lakhs of farmers, she said.

"For decades, the party and particularly the Nehru-Gandhi family, has been anti-Gujarat," she claimed.

The rule of the was a 'sultanate of corruption' and now the opposition party is "concocting stories to defame the people of Gujarat" before the election, she alleged.

"The people of will give a befitting answer to this slander and keep this sultanate of corruption as far from them as possible," she said.

Addressing a gathering in Kamla village in Kheda district, Gandhi alleged that the famed model of development had failed.

"Prime minister Narendra Modi and the people of know that the so-called model has failed.

"If we come to power, we will propagate the old model under which cooperative societies like Amul developed," he said.

The has latched onto a social media meme in Gujarat, which says "development has gone mad", to poke fun at the BJP's claim of development in the state.

The in turn has accused it of fuelling the social media campaign and asserted that people will reward it handsomely for its development works.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 20:48 IST