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Modiji Cannot Buy The Voice Of Gujarat, Says Rahul Gandhi In Gandhinagar

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| October 23 , 2017 , 16:54 IST

Amidst reports of alleged horse-trading in Gujarat ahead of the high-stakes state assembly elections Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking at the 'Navsarjan Janadesh Mahasammelan' rally in Gandhinagar.

"You can put in as much money as you want, but that won't change the mood of people. Today's government wants to muzzle the voice of Gujarat, they want to buy it. But Modi ji you cannot buy the voice of Gujarat," said Rahul Gandhi.

"The voice in the hearts of the Gujarati people is not ordinary. It cannot be suppressed or bought," he said.

"For the past 22 years, Gujarat has not had a people's government - the government has belonged to five-ten businessmen. Now all sections of Gujarati society are participating in movements against the current dispensation," Gandhi said.

"Youth want education. But in the last 22 years, you have handed over the charge of the universties in the hands of a handful of businessmen. This has led to exorbitant cost of education. Students in Gujarat are unable to pay this cost of education cost. There is also no employment in the state because of which youngsters have to go to other states," he said.

"Modi ji talks of 'Make in India.' But Gujarat today has 30 lakh unemployed youngters," he alleged.

Bringing up the allegations against BJP President Amit Shah's son Jay Shah, Rahul Gandhi questioned why Modi had not spoken out on the incident.

"The whole country wants to know what the Prime Minister has to say about Amit Shah's son Jay Shah. You spoke a lot, gave long lectures about corruption, but will you speak even one line about this issue? He had said 'na khaaunga na khaane dunga, ab khilana shuru kar diya," Rahul alleged.

OBC leader Alpesh Thakore, who on Saturday had announced his decision to join the Congress, was also present at the rally.