“Prime Minister Narendra Modi came up with a slogan of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (save girl child, educate her)’. But here, what is happening is save the son of Amit Shah.”
On a report about the 16,000-fold increase in the turnover of the company owned by Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah before the firm was shut ahead of the November 8 demonetisation last year.
“You hit the farmers of Gujarat, you hit small traders, medium businessmen, and from this fire one company rises and that company is of Amit Shah’s son. This is a sign of Modiji’s Startup India.”
On demonetisation and GST
“If our government comes to power, we will do this (single-minded focus on job creation).”
On employment generation by the Modi government
“We will bring policies after understanding your needs. We will listen to you and not impose our ‘mann ki baat’.”
On Modi’s Mann ki Baat and outreach to the public
“I do not believe in suppressing anyone.”
On freedom of expression
“You have trusted the Gandhi-Nehru family for 60 years. You put your trust for once in the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, you will not regret it.”
On the Gandhis versus the BJP
“He is seeking answers from the Modi government for its performance of last three years but the people of Amethi are seeking answers from the three generations of Gandhi family which has ruled from panchayat to Parliament in the last 70 years.”
On Rahul Gandhi’s criticism of the Modi government
“There are two development models in the country. One is Gandhi-Nehru model while another is Modi model. In Gujarat there is 24-hour power supply, drinking water in every house, a good public health centre in every tehsil.”
On economic policy and Rahul Gandhi’s presence in Gujarat
“There are 106 schemes initiated by this government. Rahul Gandhi will not be able to even count them.”
On the NDA government’s schemes for the poor, Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Caste, youth and farmers
“You (Rahul Gandhi) cannot even see it because you wear Italian glasses. Changes are taking place in the country. There will be change in Amethi too in 2019.”
On the surgical strike on terrorist hubs in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir last year
RAHUL HAS A SHORT-CIRCUIT MOMENT
Attacking the Sangh parivar over the issue of women empowerment Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday sparked off a row with his remarks that were no “women in shorts in RSS shakhas”.
Gandhi, who talked to youth in Vadodara, accused the Sangh Parivar of “not being interested in giving rights to women” and said women were present at all levels in the Congress. He also said Gujarat did not figure among the top 10 states in female literacy.
“It is fine with them if a woman is quiet. But if she speaks, the tendency is to make her quiet,” he alleged.
Referring to BJP and RSS, Gandhi said “women empowerment was never their priority.”
“They are not interested in rights of women. I ask you a simple question. Their main organisation is RSS. How many women are there. Have you seen women in shorts in shakhas? Have you seen. I have not seen. You get to know about an organisation from its structure,” Gandhi said.
“There are women in Congress at every level. In RSS, you will not find a single woman. What mistake have they made that they cannot enter the RSS,” he added.
Shorts were worn by RSS volunteers while they attended shakhas (daily gathering) earlier but the dress has now changed to trousers.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Irani, who was at Amethi, the constituency of Gandhi, hit back. “The remarks that Rahul Gandhi made about our sisters in Rashtriya Sevika Sangh or who have joined the Sangh in some capacity or are sisters, daughters, wives and relatives of Swayamsevaks… the indecent remark that he has made about women. If Rahulji believes that wearing shorts is a sign of empowerment in India then as a woman, I condemn it,” she said.
Human Resource Development Minister Javadekar said: “He (Gandhi) has never seen the shakhas. In (RSS’ woman wing) Rashtriya Sevika Samiti, women hold separate shakhas. But Rahul Gandhi never tried to know about it. He only tweets and that too dictated content.”