As electioneering in Delhi reached a crescendo, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday made a last-ditch effort to raise the party’s fortunes, taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India programme and targeting the Aam Aadmi Party.
Gandhi said the Rs 10 lakh suit Modi wore during US President Barack Obama’s visit was ‘Make in UK’. “Modiji said he will give you employment. He talked of Make in India. Crores of rupees were spent in marketing this Make in India. Newspapers report that this (his suit) is not Make in India. That too was made in UK. And then he tells you about Make in India and employment. Did any youth get employment? No. He told you that Delhi is dirty and clean it,” Gandhi said at a rally in Bhalaswa in North West Delhi on Wednesday.
Gandhi called AAP an agent of the BJP. “During the UPA government they were holding dharnas every day. But now when the rape cases have increased about 30 per cent, they have nothing to say. This shows AAP is an agent of BJP. People should avoid falling in the trap of these parties,” Gandhi said.
Gandhi’s election campaign on the penultimate day of campaigning for February 7 elections was targeted at two specific groups that have the power to turn the fortunes of parties.
The rally in outer Delhi targeted rural voters while the roadshow in central Delhi later in the day passed through three Muslim-dominated constituencies.
Gandhi touched upon the sensitive topic of land acquisition and compensation to win over the crowd. Gandhi said it was the Congress that introduced the Land Acquisition Bill in Parliament for farmers.
“Earlier, the farmers had no say when their lands were acquired for development projects by government. For example, for constructing Formula One track in Greater Noida about 200 acres of farmers land was acquired. Same thing happened at Bhatta Parsaul. But we fought for them and even for them in Lok Sabha and with BJP. We came out with Land Acquisition Bill. This has caused us political loss but we worked for poor,” Gandhi said.
The roadshow was a show of strength that the Congress pulled off in style. It started from Gurudwara Pul Bangash in Sadar Bazar assembly segment and touched three more constituencies — Ballimaran, Matia Mahal and Chandni Chowk — which have a decisive Muslim vote.