Rahul takes on Modi over ceasefire violations

  • PTI, Sirsa (Haryana)
  • Updated: Oct 12, 2014 14:54 IST

Slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the ceasefire violations, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said that onslaught from Pakistan restarted a day after the Prime Minister assured the country that things were back to normalcy.

He also attacked Modi over incursions on the India-China border, alleging that the Prime Minister did not raise the issue with the Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"During Lok Sabha campaign, Modi had said that Pakistan and China will be scared, if he becomes the Prime Minister. See what is happening. Firing is taking place on the borders and people are dying. Some days back, he said that things will become normal. Yesterday, he said it has stopped. Today it has again started," Gandhi said at an election rally here. On the Chinese incursions, he said the Prime Minister did not raise the issue with the Chinese President during his visit here.

"Our Prime Minister was enjoying the swing ride with the Chinese President, but he (Modi) did not raise the issue with him. During the Chinese President's visit, the incursions were on," he said.

Recalling Modi's recent visit to the US, Gandhi alleged that the prices of 108 essential medicines had gone up and the developments in the pharmaceutical sector has benefited America, while hitting the poor in India hard. "The UPA government had kept the prices of medicine under control.

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to the US, the industrialists asked him to open up the price restriction. "Now, medicines for diseases like cancer, diabetes and blood pressure have increased. The move has not affected the Prime Minister, but has hurt the poor man in India," he said.

In his 13-minute speech, Rahul lauded the progress made by Haryana in various fields, saying this has made the state a front-ranking one. "During the past ten years, Haryana has made rapid progress and we all are proud of it. We are proud of Haryana's farmer, who feeds the country, proud of its soldier, who defends our borders, proud of its boxer and wrestler, who win medals for us in the Commonwealth Games and other competitions," he said and added that a new slogan should be coined - Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Pehelwan.

The Congress leader said the Hooda government had given 3.8 lakh poor families 100 square yard plot, besides free medicines to poor. He touched upon the development works initiated by the Congress government in Sirsa region during the past ten years including setting up of a nuclear power plant at Fatehabad, Sirsa-Agroha-Fatehabad rail line, a hosiery cluster, two colleges and a skill development centre, among others.

He also mentioned about AIIMS, cancer hospital, IIM, NIT, medical college, IIT Delhi's extension center, Rajiv Gandhi Education City, Defence University, saying all these projects "we brought to Haryana". Seeking a third-term for Congress, Gandhi told the people, "We want to further accelerate Haryana's progress. Don't stop this progress. Make Congress victorious, bring Congress to power to keep Haryana on development track."

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