Gujarat elections: Demonetisation, GST broke textile hub Surat's legs, says Rahul Gandhi

Violet Powell
November 9, 2017

Shimla: Hitting back Rahul Gandhi over remarks suggesting that graft levels in Himachal Pradesh were lower than in Gujarat, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today that the Congress vice president suffered from "defective vision" and could not see the reality.

Rahul Gandhi, who is now in the state, will participate in a candle-light vigil in Gujarat's Surat as part of "Black Day" protest on the first anniversary of demonetisation and will also interact with the traders.

He termed demonetisation as an "attack" on India's economy.

"They tried to make Gujarat a source of ridicule but time and again they got a befitting answer from the people of Gujarat", he said. "But truth can not be suppressed, it will come out", the Congress leader told reporters.

"These two acts come at a time when global forces place particular demands on India's economic model", he said. "But instead of helping them grow, the Modi government has fatally wounded them with demonetisation and a flawed new tax".

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Refuting Congress allegations that the economy was in bad shape, the home minister said that during the UPA regime the rate of inflation was more than the GDP growth rate. Suggesting that India is in a crucial phase of growth, which needs to be supported by large-scale job creation, Mr Gandhi stated "official figures" which suggest that "China now creates on average 50,000 jobs every single day; India under Mr Modi manages only 500". You please do not kill our industries and businesses. "But they said that we are going to implement it at 12 midnight", he said.

He said the Congress wanted to save Surat and the country by obstructing the GST bill brought by the government.

According to him, GST was a "a hastily imposed and poorly conceptualised" tax that dealt another blow to the economy. But this GST implemented by Modiji, which has five layers, will not work.

The home minister claimed that the governments efforts to curb terror funding had reduced naxal activities by 52 per cent and said that a BJP government in Himachal would ensure 33 per cent reservation for women in police.

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