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It’s Pandava-Kaurava tussle: Rahul

It’s Pandava-Kaurava tussle: Rahul
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Drawing an analogy with the Pandava-Kaurava tussle in the epic Mahabharata, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said on Friday that the fight between...

Nana Pondha (Gujarat): Drawing an analogy with the Pandava-Kaurava tussle in the epic Mahabharata, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said on Friday that the fight between his party and the BJP in Gujarat was one between "truth and lies", where the truth is on the Congress's side.

Gandhi said while the Prime Minster was armed with his "government, police, army, governments in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh", he had truth on his side "and we need nothing other than truth". "The fight is between truth and lies.

Kauravas had a huge army, weapons, and Pandavas only had truth and nothing else. I would like to tell you that we only have truth and nothing else," Rahul Gandhi said at a rally at Nana Pondha town in the tribal-dominated Valsad district.

Gandhi resumed campaigning in the poll-bound state after returning from Rae Bareli where he had flown to meet the victims of boiler blast at an NTPC power plant. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has failed in providing jobs to the youth, and instead of creating two crore jobs every year as promised by him, only one lakh jobs are being generated a year, Gandhi said.

Rahul Gandhi also accused Modi of lying over the promise of depositing 15 lakh in every person's account by bringing back black money stashed abroad. The Congress government will stick to truth, even if it is unpalatable, Gandhi said. "What is being said by the six crore people of Gujarat is different from what is being said by these three-four people and their industrialist friends who run the state," he said.

"The truth of Gujarat has nothing to do with the truth of BJP. And the truth of BJP has nothing to do with the truth of Gujarat," he said, alleging that farmers, tribals, Patidars and Dalits were all aggrieved due the BJP government's policies.

"The truth of Gujarat is unemployment among youths, difficulties faced by farmers, costly private education and health care, corruption and theft of land. And the truth of BJP is profits pocketed by five-ten corporates, theft of land and water, and toffee of 35,000 crore in the name of Nano (apparent reference to a loan for Tata Nano plant), and 'suit-bootki yaari' (closeness to corporates)," he said.

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