YOGI IN GUJARAT

When Rahul Gandhi campaigns, Congress loses: Adityanath

PTI5_27_2017_000044A [File photo] Yogi Adityanath's comment has come in the wake of preparations for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections | PTI

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday cornered Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, saying when he takes the onus of campaigning for his candidates, his party loses.

"If Rahul Gandhi is campaigning, it seals a loss for the Congress," Adityanath said, while addressing a rally in Gujarat's Valsad.

Adityanath's comment has come in the wake of preparations for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections, for which senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders have been holding rallies in the state.

Adityanath further said, "Amit Shah visits Gujarat, and Rahul Gandhi runs to Italy. Doesn't he feel the need to remember or visit Gujarat then?"

The chief minister then targetted Rahul's recent Amethi visit and said the Congress failed to bring any development in the state.

"Even after ruling there for 14 years, Rahul Gandhi did not facilitate the building of a collectorate in Amethi," he said.

In the run up to the assembly elections in Gujarat later this year, or early next year and the general elections in 2019, the war of words between the two parties has been on a rise.

Rahul Gandhi, who alleged that he was recently denied entry into his own constituency, Amethi, chose Gujarat for a four-phase tour to cover all regions of the state prior to the assembly elections.

The Congress MLAs in Gujarat had alleged the state BJP of horse trading ahead of the assembly elections, which the saffron party denied outright.

When Rahul commented on the development in Gujarat, saying that vikas (development) had gone berserk due to listening to constant lies, likening development to a person, Union Minister Smriti Irani, in one of her addresses in Amethi, said vikas was not something that should be ridiculed; rather, it should be accepted and appreciated.

Rahul also said that the Gujarat Government had majorly failed to provide basic facilities of education and sanitation to the people of the state. He also lashed out at the Modi government for making "profit the focus of educational institutions." 

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