A day after he targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament for failing to control rising prices, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said Modi should set a definite date by when prices of pulses would be reduced or the Congress will launch an agitation against his government.
“Modi has been making false promises. But this time, he should set a date for bringing down prices of pulses.
We will fight for the cause of farmers. We will fight to tell Modi that the poor people do not believe in false promises,” Gandhi said at an interactive session with partymen.
About 50,000 Congress workers braved heavy rain to interact with Gandhi.
The Congress vice-president added, “Earlier, they tried to take away your land (referring to amendments to the Land Acquisition Act) and now they want to take away the dal from your plate.”
Targeting rival parties, Gandhi said no development took place in Uttar Pradesh in 27 years. “You voted with your heart for a youth (in 2012 assembly election). Akhilesh is a good (theek) boy but he failed to deliver,” he said.
“UP has ‘goondagardi’ and the law and order situation is poor. Why will any businessman come here? While ‘goondas’ dominate during the tenure of one (Samajwadi Party) government, they (businessmen) have to feed the elephant (BSP) during the regime of the other,” he said.
This was Gandhi’s first major programme after he and Congress president Sonia Gandhi flagged off the ‘27 saal, UP behaal’ yatra from Delhi to Kanpur to sound the poll bugle in Uttar Pradesh.