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Rahul Gandhi takes battle to BJP again; Amit Shah, Yogi, Smriti Irani hit back

Gandhi also took a crack at BJP President Amit Shah's son Jay Shah, calling him the icon of Start Up India. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 10, 2017, 06.28 AM (IST)

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi took the battle to the BJP again on Tuesday. 

He called the BJP anti-women, and said Prime MInister Narendra Modi's focus was not on creating jobs. 

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BJP President Amit Shah, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, and union minister Smriti Irani were quick to reply. 

Gandhi is currently on a tour of Amit Shah's home state of Gujarat which will go to the polls later this year.

The BJP trio, interestingly, is in the Gandhi bastion of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. 

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The people of Gujarat know development, Shah said. "Look Rahul baba at what you have done to Amethi," he added. 

Shah added that the "Congress prince" wanted an accounting of three years of Modi rule, but that three generations of Amethi wanted an answer from him. 

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UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath said his state's farmers would either have land or development, or that their land would be returned to them. 

And that along with Amethi, he would bring development to all of Uttar Pradesh. 

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Smriti Irani made perhaps the most pointed dig of all, asking what would the man who does not know the difference between "relay transmission and FM station" say about development. 

And that that should worry the Congress. 

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"How many women have you seen in shorts in RSS shakhas?" Gandhi had earlier asked. 

He had added that the BJP's thinking was that a woman is okay so long as she remains silent. 

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Gandhi had also taken a crack at BJP President Amit Shah's son Jay Shah, calling him the icon of Startup India. A story about Jay Shah on the portal The Wire had set off a political firestorm on Sunday. The story had reported that the revenue of a Jay Shah-owned company (Temple Enterprise Pvt Ltd) had jumped from Rs 50,000 (2014-15) to Rs 80.5 crore (2015-16) in one year after Narendra Modi became prime minister.  

Jay Shah has since filed a Rs 100 crore defamation suit against The Wire. 

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Gandhi also added that the "chowkidar" of India does not like to comment on these things (Jay Shah). 

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