Rahul Gandhi riding in a came cart with Ashok Gehlot in Anjar, Gujarat on December 5. (Photo- Twitter)
New Delhi, December 6 (IANS): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday thanked the BJP for pointing out mistakes in his tweet question on Tuesday over inflation, saying that “unlike” Prime Minister Narendra Modi he was “human” and did make the odd mistake. He asked the BJP to “please do keep it coming”.
“For all my BJP friends: unlike Narendrabhai (Prime Minister Narendra Modi), I am human. We do make the odd mistake and that’s what makes life interesting. Thanks for pointing it out and please do keep it coming, it really helps me improve. Love you all,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.
The Tuesday tweet was part of his strategy to put one question daily to Modi ahead of the Gujarat elections. Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday asked if the Bharatiya Janata Party government was working only for the rich and pointed out rise in prices compared to 2014 – when the BJP came to power.
However, the percentage-wise figures were wrongly calculated. Later, the tweet was corrected.
‘39% children in Gujarat victim of malnutrition’
Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday also maintained that 39 per cent children in Gujarat were malnourished and sought to know if this was the “wonder” of the BJP government’s healthcare policy in the state.
This was Gandhi’s eighth question as part of a Congress strategy wherein Gandhi would put up one question daily to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls.
Gandhi also flayed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for its decision to give Bhuj’s government hospital on lease to the Adani Group for its medical college.
In a tweet, the Congress leader said: “Thirty-nine per cent children in Gujarat are victims of malnutrition. Infant mortality rate is 33 per 1,000, rising healthcare prices, shortage of doctors.”
Gandhi said: “In Bhuj, a government hospital was given on lease to a friend (Adani Group) for 99 years. Is this the wonder of your healthcare policy?”
Gandhi has been putting one question every day in a bid to take on the Vijay Rupani-led government in Gujarat, where polling will take place on December 9 and 14.
He previously put out posers on unemployment among youths, women safety, education, “undue benefit” to power selling companies, state debt and the Prime Minister’s flagship ‘Housing for All’ scheme.
‘Modi an ignorant prachar-shastri, derailed economy’
Meanwhile, the latest war of words between the Congress and BJP in the run-up to the Gujarat polls, Congress MP Anand Sharma on Wednesday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi an “ignorant prachar-shastri” who was “less literate in economics”, leading to the country’s economy getting “derailed”. “The Prime Minister is ignorant and disrespectful of history, less literate in economics,” Sharma said in a series of tweets.
“The economy stands derailed, jobs lost and businesses shut,” he said, blaming Modi for the slowdown.
“India had to suffer when an arth-shastri (economist) Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) was replaced by a prachar-shastri (publicist) Prime Minister (Narendra Modi),” Sharma tweeted.
“It is sad that India has a Prime Minister who is boastful, arrogant and in perpetual conflict with history, facts and ground realities.
“He has habitually insulted and misrepresented history, distorted facts and manufactured numbers,” the former Union Minister said.
The latest opinion poll on Tuesday predicted that it is going to be a neck-and-neck contest between the two parties in the state where the BJP has been in power for the last 22 years.