As the Congress scion, attacked both the central and state governments over unemployment and farmer distress - two issues which are likely to hurt the BJP the most - huddling them together as the victims of "Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policy of crony capitalism", Gandhi drew applause with the crowd shouting even the names of corporate houses to drive home his point. The Prime Minister went on to further hurt small businessmen by introducing the GST.
Moreover, parodies of "vikas" in Gujarat are hogging the social media narrative, with the Congress making the most of it - seizing the discourse on how the ruling BJP has failed the economy, the farmers, the students, Dalits and Muslims, the poor and also the women. "The young generation of this country wants to contribute in the development of the nation but the BJP led NDA government doesn't provide them jobs", Gandhi said.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, an economist and a Congress leader, has said the economy is on a "downhill path" because of the "adventure" of demonetisation, which was implemented in November past year.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should apologise to the female students from Banaras Hindu University who have been protesting against an alleged case of molestation on campus and being subjected to violence, ANI reported.
"PM Modi imposed demonetisation without consulting anyone. Today, they are required to fill up three forms every month". "By the time the poor, the farmers and the mom and pop stores could recover from this shock, came another bolt from the blue, the Goods and Services Tax (GST)", he asserted.
PM launches 'Saubhagya' schemes, targets electricity for all
Under the new scheme, consumers belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families will avail power free of charge. He said that a quick work is happening on Gram Jyoti Yojana and IPDS in rural and urban areas respectively.
The Congress leader said that under the Narendra Modi led government there is nothing in India but problems everywhere.
"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. Concluding the speech Rahul thanked the people for gathering in such a big number and seeking the support of the people said that the Congress party will fulfil all the promises made.
Rahul has kick-started his three-day campaign in Saurashtra.
Gandhi kicked off a three-day Gujarat election campaign from the historical Dhwarkadheesh temple in the holy city of Dwarka in coastal Saurashtra region.