Bharuch: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and industrialists in Gujarat, saying the latter were being given special privileges by the state government while poor farmers were being suppressed in the state.

“They (BJP government) took the land of the poor and gave it to the Tatas. They could have waived farmers’ loans of Rs33,000 crore. In spite of all this, we are not able to find a single Nano car on the roads today. This is Narendra Modi’s Gujarat model,” Gandhi said.

The Congress vice-president was referring to a Rs33,000 crore loan that the Narendra Modi government sanctioned to Tata Motors for its Sanand plant where the small car is made.

“All the water is supplied to the rich industrialists in the region. Farmers are suffering and are being suppressed in the state,” he said while addressing a gathering at Bharuch.

Gandhi also criticized the BJP on education, saying, “Ninety percent of colleges in Gujarat are in the hands of big industrialists. The poor cannot afford them because of the high fees... If a person wants to get quality education in the state, they have to pay Rs10-15 lakh, otherwise they cannot get an education.”

He also asked the Narendra Modi-led government to disclose the names of Swiss bank accountholders, which the BJP had promised during its campaign before the 2014 general elections.

“They have been in power for the last three years. How many Swiss accountholders are in jail? Can anyone tell us the name of even one person who is behind bars? (UB Group’s) Vijay Mallya is absconding and enjoying his life in England,” he said.

Mallya is facing charges of money-laundering and fraud that are being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation. He is the subject of an extradition request to Great Britain, where he is on bail, and India has sent letters rogatory to seven European nations for aid in his extradition. (ANI)