Assam polls: Modi takes jibe at Gogoi, Rahul targets PM on black money

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, Guwahati
  • Updated: Apr 11, 2016 22:26 IST
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi being felicitated with garlands during an election Rally in Darrang District on Assam of Friday, April 8, 2016. (PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended his poll campaign in Assam on Friday by taking a jibe at chief minister Tarun Gogoi and invoked former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the coal scam.

“Your chief minister has stopped smiling after Phase one of polling. He is calling his Delhi leaders to save him now. How will they, when they could not save themselves in Delhi (in 2014 Lok Sabha polls)?” Modi said at four BJP rallies that started at Raha in central Assam and ended in Guwahati.

Modi, who stayed at the Raj Bhavan overnight and started the day’s business after offering prayers at Guwahati’s Kamakhya temple, also sent out a word of caution for his predecessor.

“We jailed two for the coal scam, Manmohanji. Our action will keep speaking,” he said.

Rahul targets Modi govt over black money

Meanwhile, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, in his last leg of election campaign in Assam on Friday, targeted the Modi government for ‘failing’ to bring back black money.

While addressing a huge gathering at Kharupetia in Darrang district of the state, he said Modi had, in 2014, promised people that after coming to power, he would bring back within 100 days black money stashed in foreign banks by Indian nationals. He said Modi had also promised to deposit Rs 15 lakh in every citizen’s bank account.

“In the last two years, the Modi government failed to bring back black money. Now we have the Panama Papers leak where many Indian names figured in the lists of those having black money in foreign entities. One of them is Chattishgarh CM’s son. Why is Modiji silent on this,” he asked.

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