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In Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi slams BJP over Morbi tragedy; says govt follows 'corruption model'

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressed two public rallies in Gujarat on Monday. The party leader took a break from his ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra to campaign for Congress for the upcoming Gujarat Assembly election. 

While addressing the public in Gujarat, the Gandhi scion slammed the ruling BJP and spoke on the Morbi Bridge collapse tragedy, farmers' loans and unemployment. He said no action has been taken against the "real culprits" behind the Morbi tragedy and said the BJP follows a "corruption and commission model". 

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Addressing an election rally in Rajkot, his second on Monday, he said while watchmen who were posted at the site of the accident were arrested and jailed, no action was taken against the real culprits. He asked if nothing would happen to the culprits of the tragedy as they have a "good relationship with BJP". 

He also took up the issue of farmers' loans and said they came up to him and asked him what wrong they had done. According to Rahul Gandhi, farmers have told him that their loans of Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh are not waived off by the government but the loans amounting to crores of the "three to four richest figures in India" are waived off. 

"If the farmers don't return the loans, they are called defaulters, but if the crorepatis do the same, it's called non-performing assets and no action is taken against them," said Rahul Gandhi. 

He said the farmers invest in the Pradhan Mantri Bima Yojana but when natural disasters strike and the time comes for them to seek help from the government, they are not given even a single rupee. 

Rahul Gandhi hinted at certain billionaires and said that only they could dream freely in India. "These two-three billionaires and you know them, they can enter any sector, any industry, whether a departmental store or the airport, but an ordinary citizen will undergo inflation, corruption, and unemployment if they want to realise their dreams," he said. 

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The Congress leader also spoke on the unemployment issue and said skilled young people are resorting to petty jobs despite having passed with good degrees. 

While speaking in Surat, he shifted the focus on tribals and said the BJP wants to marginalise them by calling them "forest-dwellers" but the Congress party wants to give all the rights to the tribals as they are the "owners of the country". He also compared the work of the two parties on NREGA and said the Congress government brought the scheme for tribals and gave employment to all but the "BJP came and took away the land of tribals and scammed NREGA". 

Rahul Gandhi took a break from the Bharat Jodo Yatra which started from Tamil Nadu on September 7 and is currently passing through Maharashtra. The yatra is on a two-day break till Tuesday, after which it will resume from Madhya Pradesh. 

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