Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee of “resorting to falsehood and bluffing the people”, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday they promised lakhs of jobs but “not a single person got employment”.
“Mamata ji and Modi ji are making false promises. Mamata ji talked of providing jobs to 70 lakh people, while Modi ji had said two crore jobs will be given by his government. But not a single person has got employment,” Gandhi said.
Sharing the stage with CPI(M) leaders at an election meeting, Gandhi said Bengal, which was once industrious, has turned into a “graveyard” under the TMC rule and also attacked the Mamata government over corruption issues.
He said no action was taken against those involved in Saradha and Narada scams.
Referring to the recent flyover collapse in Kolkata which claimed several lives, Gandhi alleged that the TMC government had given the contract of supplying material to a partyman who had supplied substandard materials.
He charged Mamata and Modi with “telling lies about action against corruption and unemployment”.
He said Modi had promised to bring back ‘black money’ and fight corruption but nothing has been done. “His government has brought laws to turn ‘black money’ into white which I call ‘Fair and Lovely scheme’,” Gandhi said.
“Earlier, there were lots of industries in Bengal. But now in TMC rule, Bengal has turned into a graveyard. Only the industry of syndicate is flourishing in Bengal,” he said.
Seeking support for the Congress-Left alliance in the assembly polls in West Bengal, he said if the alliance government was formed, its first task would be to provide employment, stop syndicate and corruption and take action against those involved in Saradha and Narada scam.
“Vote for Congress-CPI(M), vote for the Congress-Left alliance and defeat Mamata government to usher in development,” Gandhi said.