<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 125-ft-long flag weighing 250kg made by students, farmers and members of the Dalit Shakti Kendra was the thing with which Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi chose to beat the ruling BJP.The flag was originally offered to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani who expressed his inability to accept it on the grounds that there wasn’t any space available to store it.”Modiji and Rupaniji do not have the space to accommodate the Indian Flag. It shows the stinginess of their hearts. I will take this flag even if I have just 1 inch of space with me because I keep the Indian flag in my heart,” said Gandhi, while addressing people at the Kendra’s office at Nanidevati in Sanand, Ahmedabad.”The PM and CM have no place for a flag, but the entire Gujarat is available for the picking for just five industrialists,” Gandhi said, commenting on the oft repeated allegation that the Gujarat government has been liberal in granting land to industries at a throwaway price.He further added that the Congress allotted Rs35,000 crore for MNREGA every year. “And Modiji, when he was the CM, gave land and money worth Rs 35,000 crore to Tata Nano’s factory. And what has happened to it? Has anyone seen the car on the road?” he asked.Congress sources claimed that on hearing about CM Rupani refusing to accept the flag, Rahul volunteered to get it accommodated. The flag will be housed at the GCCI office in Ahmedabad. Earlier, on the way to the venue, Rahul stopped at a roadside stall in Sanand to have tea and snacks. The event also saw BJP’s Dalit leader from Rajkot, Siddharth Parmar, joining the Congress entourage.Addressing the crowd, many of whom were Dalits, Rahul said he had visited the victims of Una flogging and to Hyderabad, after the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohit Vemula.He was responding to a question that Martin Macwan of Navsarjan had posed earlier: whether the Congress had also stayed mum when Dalit rights were being trampled. Turn to P4″Vemula did not commit suicide, the Indian government killed him,” Rahul said as people clapped resoundingly. He also planted a Peepal sapling on the campus.Resurfaced roads for RahulThe roads from Bavla to the venue were Rahul was to deliver his speech seemed newly resurfaced. Local residents joked that development has come even before the Congress could be voted to power.2 nabbed for theftTwo persons were nabbed by people in the audience for allegedly stealing one person’s mobile phone and another’s wallet. Though police took custody of the two, nothing was recovered from them.Main BOXMinistry for fishermen: Rahul’s wordRahul Gandhi promised to create a separate ministry for fisheries if the party comes to power at the Centre. He was addressing the fishing community in Porbandar. “Fishermen’s work is equivalent to that of farmers. Sometime back, you demanded that if there was a ministry to look after the agriculture sector, why not for fishermen? I agree with you, and I promise that the Congress will set it up after forming the government at the Centre,” he said.


Gujarat elections 2017 | Flag row: Rahul Gandhi plays patriot card in Gujarat