Rahul Gandhi Mocks Narendra Modi’s ‘Toffee Mode’ of Development in Gujarat
Faster than we could say ‘Rahul noo…, the Congress Vice President gave his first big spoofable catch phrase of Elections 2014. If Rahul baba is on the internet, he would have realized that the chances of people hearing his context is much much lower than the chances of Pappu jokes being cracked.But he tries and so it goes.
Addressing a rally in Maharashtra’s Latur district, Rahul Gandhi unleashed his new found aggressive side on Congress‘ Énemy No.1-Narendra Modi. Mocking Gujarat’s development model, which is the main stay of Modi’s speeches, Rahul Gandhi called it a ‘toffee model’. “Land of Aurangabad‘s size-45,000 acres, has been given for a mere Rs 300 crore. This is toffee model not Gujarat model. For Re 1, you get a toffee here. There land was sold at Re 1 per meter.It was the land of the poor and the farmers,” Gandhi said.
The acerbic attack didn’t stop there.Taking potshots at Modi’s proclivity at giving concessions to industrialists in Gujarat at the cost of farmers’ rights, he added, “Tata can get a loan for 20 years with just 1% interest, while farmers have to bear 12% interest.” He said a loan of Rs 10,000 crore was given to build the Nano car. This amount was more than what was spent on health and education in Gujarat.
Continuing with his attack on Modi for his closeness with Gujarat industrialist Gautam Adani as well as the diminishing roles for BJP’s senior leaders, Rahul added, “Jaswant Singh and Advani have been sidelined. Now there is a partnership between Adani and Modi.”
He also raised issues of women empowerment, saying, “BJP talks about empowering women, but they beat, harass, stalk women. When they do not respect women, how can they protect?”, clearly referencing the alleged phone tappingg of a young woman by Gujarat Police at the behest of “saheb“.
So clearly, Rahul claws are out and he has also jumped into the pool of launching scathing attacks at the opposition. Surely Narendra Modi will have a retaliatory answer ready for him in his next rally.
In the war of catchphrases in this election, which was clearly being won by Modi with his ‘Shehzade, Nursey of terrorism’, Desh ka Mazdoor No.1 zingers, this one marks Rahul’s debut. Surely, he will be mocked on social media, but just as a toffee, this phrase is bound to stick.