Published On: Fri, Mar 14th, 2014


Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, without naming Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, launched a blistering attack, comparing Mr. Modi to Adolf Hitler and mocking him by saying the country does not need a chowkidar (watchman). Rahul said, “This man says make me the chowkidar and corruption will go. How can he be the chowkidar of India when in Gujarat he has stolen farmers’ land and gifted it to select industrialists?” Rahul added, “Chor ko chowkidar kaise bana dein?”

Addressing a large crowd in Balasinor in Gujarat’s Panchmahal Lok Sabha constituency, Rahul hit out without taking Modi’s name but his target was unmistakable: “Congressmen follow Mahatma Gandhi and meet people and visit their homes. Other leaders are like Hitler. Hitler believed there was no need to learn from the people. Whatever will happen in Germany will be done by Hitler.”

“A true leader does not lecture his people but goes among them and listens to them. A true leader, like Mahatma Gandhi, does not have any ghamand (arrogance),” the Congress leader said.

He said the BJP talked of tackling corruption but three Ministers in Gujarat have been in and out of jail but none had been removed so far. “Even the Lokayukta was appointed in the State after the court’s orders,” the Congress leader said.

It was the Congress that was brought up and nurtured by Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, which gave the country the Right to Information Act, the National Food Security Act and the Lokpal. The BJP did not give anything, on the contrary, it opposed everything, he said.

“After some years, they may take credit for all this as well as National Rural Employment Guarantee Act,” he said.

Seeking to draw a parallel between BJP’s India Shining Campaign in 2004 Lok Sabha polls and its focus on Gujarat’s development under Modi, Gandhi said it is being publicized in the whole country that Gujarat shines but its glitter is limited to “10-15 industrialists” and the poor have not benefited from it.

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