13 years of Modi rule responsible for Gujarat burning: Rahul Gandhi


Indian Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has said that thirteen years of Narendra Modi’s rule is responsible for the present state of affairs in Gujarat.

“13 years of Modi rule, not two years of Anandiben are responsible for Gujarat burning,” the Congress vice-president said in a tweet on Tuesday.

“Sacrificing the scapegoat won’t save the BJP,” he said.

Ending months of speculation, Gujarat’s first woman chief minister Anandiben Patel on Monday offered to quit in keeping with the BJP’s “laudable tradition” of leaders vacating their posts as they turn 75.

The national BJP parliamentary board headed by party president Amit Shah will hold a meeting in Delhi on Tuesday, in which Anandiben Patel’s resignation will be formally accepted.

Congress said on Monday that Anandiben Patel decided to step down as Gujarat chief minister due to pressure from the top leadership of BJP which is “losing ground” in the state, and termed the move an indication of the saffron party’s defeat in the assembly polls due next year.

Senior Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela said Patel has offered to resign due to BJP high command’s diktat, whereas Ahmed Patel, Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary, tweeted that her resignation is an indication of BJP’s “sure defeat” in 2017.

Gujarat state Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki on Monday claimed there is a strong possibility of assembly polls taking place ahead of its schedule.

Solanki asked his partymen to be ready for the elections.

The assembly polls are scheduled for December next year.