Amethi: Attacking Congress vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, BJP leaders on Tuesday criticised Gandhi-Nehru family for destroying Amethi. Amit Shah called Gandhi as “Shehzada (prince) of Congress”, and said he can’t see the development done by the Modi government as he wears Italian glasses.
UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath and Union minister Smriti Irani, who lost to Rahul Gandhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, also hit on him.
Party president Amit Shah, in a public meeting, said: “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.”
“He (Rahul) 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 have ruled from panchayat to Parliament in the last 70 years,” Shah continued.
Referring to Gandhi’s visit to Gujarat, Shah said: “There are two development models in the country. One is Gandhi-Nehru model while another is Modi model. In Gujarat, there is a 24-hour power supply, drinking water in every house, a good public health centre in every tehsil.”
In Uttar Pradesh too, development has been sped up in Yogi’s government. It had written off farmers’ loans and spared nine lakh houses to the poor, Shah claimed, as per a report by Hindustan Times.
Yogi also criticised Rahul Gandhi and said the Congress can never do development work for the country as it had no vision.
While Smriti Irani said the Congress leader was making fun of development in Gujarat but his own backyard in Amethi lacks development, as he only does lip service.
“This state was once ruled by the Congress and the Gandhi clan has been representing Amethi for long. Now is the time for them to answer the people why there has been no development,” she said. She also accused Gandhi of cheating the farmers of Amethi, by grabbing their land through the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation.
“A vast stretch of land was given by farmers long back for construction of the Samrat cycle factory. When nothing much happened, there is an effort to occupy the land illegally and despite eviction notice, they are not letting the land go,” she said.