Rahul Gandhi a tragedy manufacturer: Amit Shah

Casey Dawson
November 9, 2017

"It has devastated livelihoods, creating a modern-day Licence Raj", said Gandhi.

"It is deplorable how Rahul Gandhi believes in manufacturing tragedies, so much so that he is also using the poor of India to score cheap political points", he said.

Surat, known for its textile and diamond trade, is an interesting choice for the party to tap into the anger among the textile and diamond traders, who are mostly Patidars (Patels) over the GST. "The undercurrent is strongly with the Congress as people now believe that the BJP government must go", said Bharatsinh Solanki, president of the Congress party in Gujarat.

Stepping up its online offensive, the party promoted a hashtag #DeModisaster that was among the top trends on Twitter on Tuesday.

Shah's attack comes in the wake of Rahul Gandhi's tweet in which he used a photograph of an old man Nand Lal to attack demonetisation.

In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP has named former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal as its chief ministerial candidate and the Congress is banking upon incumbent Virbhadra Singh, who is facing court cases over corruption charges.

Nand Lal, a former Army man, had become the face of demonetisation past year when an image showed him in tears with folded hands while he stood in a long queue to withdraw his money.

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Hitting out at the government over the new indirect tax regime rolled out on July 1 this year, Gandhi said, "We told (Prime Minister) Narendra Modiji and (Union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitleyji not to implement the GST in this way".

Singh's comments come in the wake of Rahul Gandhi's visit to Surat, for the upcoming Gujarat Elections.

Shah said the Congress had insulted six crore Gujaratis.

He said Congressmen were happily tweeting photos of Karnataka Minister D.K. Shivkumar standing in a queue and withdrawing money from an ATM in the state.

The BJP President alleged that Rahul Gandhi was unable to digest Narendra Modi's ever-rising popularity. "Gurugram's Nand Lal has exposed Rahul Gandhi's lies".

"The Congress dirty tricks department is in hyperactive mode".

In his interaction with industry representatives, Gandhi assured them that if Congress was voted to power he will make structural changes to the GST.

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