Congress’ Bharat Jodo journey started almost two and a half months ago. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly criticized the Bharat Jodo Yatra for the first time yesterday. Targeting the Gandhi family, he claimed, not to look after the interests of the people, the power-hungry family embarked on that journey desperately to return to power.
Once the work of the Sardar Sarovar dam project on the Narmada River in Gujarat was blocked due to Medha Patkar’s movement. Medha was forced to retreat after court intervention. Now that talent has participated in Rahul’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, naturally, Modi has raised the tone. Like the day before yesterday, Modi said from Bharuch’s meeting, “Rahul and the Congress have proved that they are against Gujarat and the people of Gujarat by giving them a place in India Jodo Yatra, for which the Narmada Dam project was delayed.”
The BJP leadership yesterday targeted Bharat Jodo Yatra in the style of the Prime Minister. The Congress had earlier said that the journey would be closed for two days as Rahul would be busy campaigning for the Gujarat polls. Taking a dig at this decision of the Congress, the BJP says that it is understandable why Rahul Gandhi’s party is on the path of joining Akshat Bharat. Their real aim is to win votes. That’s why Rahul left Yatra to campaign in Gujarat. But after Modi’s attack, a top Congress leader claimed the impact of the Bharat Jodo Yatra on people is evident from the Prime Minister’s comments.
Incidentally, Rahul was also present in that state yesterday when Modi stood in Gujarat and criticized the Bharat Jodo Yatra. “I have seen from the experience of India Jodo Yatra for two and a half months, the youth, farmers and Dalits of this country are the most deprived,” said Rahul at Mahuba in Surat. Criticizing the Modi government’s attitude towards the development of the people, Rahul said, “The forest is being taken away from the people for the sake of the industrialist friends. If this continues, there will be no forest for the people to live in the future.”
A large section of the public rejected the BJP in the last assembly elections in Gujarat. Realizing that, Modi has decided to give extra time for campaigning in Janjati areas in this journey. Responding to the Janajati-special area in Bharuch Rahul’s complaint yesterday, Modi said, “Congress was indifferent to Janjati society. That is why there was no separate ministry for Janjati development before the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.” Modi’s comment, “Congress taunted me for wearing Janjati Samaj clothes in a public meeting. They don’t want to acknowledge the existence of tribal society.”
Congress leader Madhusudan Mistry said that Rahul Gandhi will show power to the Prime Minister in the Gujarat elections. Modi took that word yesterday. Targeting Rahul Gandhi, he said, “You come from a royal family. I come from a very common family. I have no problem with that. I am just a servant or a servant.”