Vajpayee-Advani partnership replaced by Modi-Adani: Rahul Gandhi
Posted on: 06:09 PM IST Apr 15, 2014
Hingoli (Maharashtra): Congress Vice President took a jibe at BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and his alleged favours to the Adani group saying Atal Bihari Vajpayee- LK Advani partnership has been replaced by Modi-Adani one.
Addressing a rally in Hingoli, Maharashtra, Rahul said Modi had given land equal to the size of Aurangabad in Maharashtra to Adani just for Rs 300 crore at the rate of Re 1 per square metre.
"Today there is 'raj' (rule) of Adaniji (in Gujarat). Earlier, there used to be Vajpayeeji-Advaniji partnership. Now there is Modiji and Gautam Adaniji partnership. And that is a 'toffee model'," the Congress Vice President said, attacking the Gujarat Chief Minister.
"Earlier there used to be Advaniji. If you remove 'v' from Advani, it will become Adani," he said.
Explaining why he was calling Gujarat's model as 'toffee model', Rahul said, "In Gujarat, Adaniji is given land at the rate of Re 1 per square metre. For Re 1, you get a toffee. This is why I say it is not Gujarat model but 'toffee model' of development."
His reiteration of 'toffee model' barb came on a day Modi took a jibe at him for such comments.
Rahul alleged that while 40 lakh people in Gujarat were below poverty line and suffering, Modi was extending benefits to few industrialists like Adani.
"Modiji, the leader of 'toffee' model, has given 45,000 acres of land to one industrialist. It is of the size of Aurangabad. Do you know for how much money it was given? Rs 300 crore. The whole Aurangabad was sold for Rs 300 crore," he charged.
He talked about the Congress' plans for development, including creation of industrial corridors, in the country.