Following becoming the Congress supremo Rahul Gandhi addressed his first conference with the media houses in Ahmedabad during the ongoing Gujarat Assembly elections on Tuesday.
The Congress President said his primary focus would be to strengthen the party and this will be reflected in Gujarat.
Gandhi defended his position saying Mani Shankar Aiyar has been suspended from the party after his remarks and the comment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh cannot be accepted.
He added the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has shifted focus on them in their election campaign and the changed political discourse looks nasty as well as ugly.
On controversies to his temple visit Gandhi asked why can’t he do so and why BJP turns blind on his Kedarnath temple visit which is in Uttarakhand and not in Gujarat.
The Congress Yuvraj added, “Whenever I went to a temple I just prayed for a golden future for the people of Gujarat, a better development here. Is it wrong to go to a temple?”
Turning towards hard facts about the state Gandhi said 90 percent of the schools and colleges in Gujarat are by now privatized.
He talked about the irrational economic policies of the current government in the state that has damaged balanced development.
About the promises of his party Gandhi said will be abolishing contract labor as well as impose fixed pay system in the state.
Counting on the cons side of more than two decades BJP government he asked in the press conference, “What has been done in 22 years in Gujarat? Are there doctors in hospitals in Gujarat? Are there jobs in Gujarat?”
He said the job creators are SME sectors, but they had no support of the state government for years.
Meanwhile, Narendra Modi visited Sabarmati riverfront Tuesday from where he proceeded to the Dharoi Dam in Mehsana district boarding a sea-plane.
He moved to Ambaji Temple too from the dam to offer prayers just ahead of the second and final phase of voting.