BJP workers on Monday staged a demonstration outside the Congress office in Ahmedabad against Rahul Gandhi’s statements about Gujaratis at an election rally in Assam. The protesting BJP workers shouted slogans against the Congress leader and demanded an apology from him.
Congress workers also began shouting slogans and a fight would have ensued had the police not reached the place and dispersed the crowd. The BJP workers have threatened to carry out similar protests across Gujarat if an apology was not given.
What had Rahul Gandhi said
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi while addressing an election rally in Assam promised to raise the income of Assam’s tea garden workers. “Assam’s tea garden workers get Rs167 per day as wages while traders in Gujarat get tea gardens. We promise to give tea garden workers of Assam Rs365 per day as wages. Where will the money come from? It will come from Gujarat’s traders,” he said.
Reactions to Rahul Gandhi’s statement
Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani took to Twitter to criticize the Congress leader. “Rahul Gandhi’s words betray his and the Congress Party’s hatred for Gujaratis. Gujarat will not accept such despicable hate. Each Gujarati will give a befitting reply to Congress Party,” Rupani said in the tweet.
State BJP president CR Patil said Rahul Gandhi’s shameful words for Gujaratis show his sick mindset and hate for Gujarat. “It is not the first time Congress has insulted Gujarat. In the coming days, the people of Gujarat will comprehensively defeat Congress in the upcoming polls,” Patil said in a tweet.
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