Kick starting his three-day campaign in poll-bound Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi on Monday opted for "creative ways" to interact with the public in order to disseminate the Congress message with effectiveness. The reply was: the BJP led Centre could only provide one lakh jobs to the youth in one year.
Though state Congress leaders were thrilled with Hardik's response, AICC managers said there was no need to be excited and the situation needed to be watched.
The protests here coincided with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to his Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi. In addition, the 135km yatra from Dwarka to Jamnagar would also see Rahul Gandhi touring the state in a special chartered bus, that's equipped with CCTV cameras for live footage and updates of the Congress VP's grand Gujarat campaign.
In an apparent bid to drive a wedge between Swaraj and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul tweeted, "Sushmaji, thank you for finally recognising Congress governments' great vision and legacy of setting up IITs and IIMs".
The Gandhi scion further trained his guns at demonetisation.
"Our prime minister Narendra Modiji declared demonetization without consulting anyone. This government doesn't have empathy for poor", Gandhi asserted.
He took on the government over GST, saying the tax launched in July has broken the back of small traders and shopkeepers.
Sporting a chandan tilak from the Dwarkadhish shrine, he alleged the poor have no place in the Gujarat model of development, which he said benefited only a handful of businessmen. But rode a bullock cart too for a short stretch on the Dwarka-Jamnagar route as state police refused permission for a road show on an open-top jeep.
"Business houses get everything, be it water, land or electricity".
"The government must make sure that people are not deprived of these basic facilities", Gandhi said and promised free medicines and treatment if the Congress is voted to power in Gujarat.
He added, "Kisi bhi pradesh mein chaley jao, Gujarat mein, Uttar Pradesh mein, Rajasthan mein, yuvaon ko Hindustan mein aaj rojgar nahi milta (Go to any state, be it Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, the youth in Hindustan don't get jobs)". On September 26, he will cover towns such as Dhrol and Tankara by road before reaching Rajkot.