Even as Narendra Modi government at the Centre and BJP-ruled state government continues to battle the fragile situation in Gujarat, the Opposition parties criticised PM Narendra Modi and questioned the ruling BJP’s oft-repeated phrase of ‘Gujarat Model’. The clashes in the state since Tuesday after a massive rally by the Patel sub-community has left nine killed and scores injured.
Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi first-up over the violence in Gujarat, Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi alleged that it was a repercussion of the “politics of anger” pursued by PM Modi.
“Our Prime Minister Modi is doing politics of anger and such politics has repercussions for the country which you are seeing in Gujarat,” the Congress Vice President, who is on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, told the press.
Gandhi was speaking to the press after addressing a farmer’s rally at a village in Pampore town. As the scribes jostled to seek his reaction over the clashes between the police and protestors in Gujarat, he added that “politics of anger has only benefited Modi”.
“They want people to fight and spread anger. We all know this truth. We believe that anger does not benefit anybody except Modiji. It does not benefit the country, farmers, poor and businessmen and we have seen this in Kashmir,” Rahul Gandhi asserted.
“Congress wants to take everyone along in harmony,” he said adding, “This government is anti-farmer across the country”.
While in Hyderabad, senior Opposition leader and CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said that the agitation for OBC quota by the ‘well-to-do’ Patel community has only exposed the BJP’s claims on the so-called “Gujarat model” of development.
The agitation has “thoroughly exposed all the claims that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been making and all the propaganda that we have heard for more than two years on this so-called Gujarat model,” said Yechury in his strong response to a question. He also opined that the demand for reservation comes when job, education and livelihood-improvement opportunities are denied.
Another Opposition party National Conference too trained attack on the incumbent BJP, with former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also finding the occasion to question the “Gujarat model”.
“If the #Gujarat model of inclusive development is such a success why have so many protesters demanding a share of that progress died?” Omar Abdullah wrote on the micro blogging site Twitter.
The situation, however, remains fragile yet stable in Gujarat with large number of Army and paramilitary personnel deployed across the state. The presence of security forces has helped in bringing down the clashes considerably, even though sporadic violence continues to be reported at some parts in the state.
(With inputs from the PTI)