On Monday, Former Mumbai Congress Chief Sanjay Nirupama has started his Lok Sabha Election campaign along with Urmila Matondkar and Patidar leader Hardik Patel by introducing a manifesto for the youth of the city.
In Gujarat, Mr. Patel is heading the Patidar agitations before joining the Congress, was scorching in his attack on PM Modi. “All his government did in the last five years questioned the Congress’ legacy and abuse Nehru,” Mr. Patel told the party workers at the event, adding that “but they forget that while the Congress was fighting for Independence, they were siding with the British. This is the party of Vallabhbhai Patel, Subhas Chandra Bose, and Mahatma Gandhi.”
Electing Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a mistake, he claims. Mr. Patel continued, “We sent a Gujarati to Delhi thinking that he will take care of the country, but now it’s our responsibility to send him back. I am not from Narendra Modi or Amit Shah’s Gujarat. I am from Sardar Patel and Mahatma Gandhi’s Gujarat.”
He further claims that the Congress will emerge victorious in the elections because it has thousands of silent supporters. “When people asked me what the election results would be like, I replied that it could be the BJP because they are spending so much money. They disagreed and said I was wrong. They said there are many who support the Congress without being vocal about it,” added the Patidar leader.
Hardik Patel claims that Mr. Gandhi was not somebody who cites his family’s sacrifice, such as the assassinations of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi to influence voters, adding that “But look at Modi. He says I’m a Chowkidar (watchman), so vote for me! I used to sell tea, so vote for me! He says vote for me, but I won’t do anything for you!”.”
Sanjay Nirupam further claims that his address that the youth have turned against the Prime Minister. “Sometimes his government calls them the tukde-tukde gang (the BJP’s description of separatists), and sometimes, they are harassed. Today, the youth are suffering along with farmers and laborers.”
Mr. Nirupama also claims that the initiatives introduced by the centre over the last 5-year tenure were nothing more than an eyewash. “For instance, 90% of the loans offered under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana are just Rs. 11,000 loans. How can a young entrepreneur start a business with money this less? Also, his demonetization initiative ensured the closure of many small factors in Mumbai, depriving people of jobs,” added the Congress Mumbai-unit Chief.
He said that the Congress National Chief Rahul Gandhi has offered an alternative, which is much better.
Mr. Nirupam continued, “If you don’t have jobs, Rahul Gandhi will ensure that you get jobs. The Congress manifesto says we will fill 22 lakh vacancies at the centre.”
Last month, Ms. Matondkar has joined Congress as Mumbai (North) Candidate, claims that she does not mind being targeted by opposition supporters.
She asserted that “they can troll me all they like, but the party I belong to doesn’t believe in such tactics. This is not an election, this is a decision for our future. So we will talk about development.”