Taking potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that after promising "achhe din" (good times), he was now fobbing off the people with the assurance that "jaldi thik ho jayega" (things will be alright soon) along the border with Pakistan.
Addressing a campaign rally for Maharashtra assembly polls at Saswad in Pune district, Rahul said that during the Lok Sabha election campaign Modi used to say that he would scare off Pakistan and China. "Last few days have seen ceasefire violations by Pakistan, which had not happened in the last ten years. There are casualties but still Modi says 'jaldi thik ho jayega'," he said.
"Earlier achhe din (good times) were promised. Now people laugh at this slogan," he said.
The Prime Minister had said 'things will be alright soon' at a function recently when a reporter asked him about ceasefire violations by the Pakistani army.
When Modi was sitting on a swing-set with the Chinese president Xi Jingping in Ahmedabad, troops from that country entered the Indian territory, the Congress vice president added.
"But the Prime Minister discussed only investment with China and did not demand that incursions be stopped because what is important for him is his image," Rahul said.
Rubbishing 'the Gujarat model' of development, Rahul said Maharashtra was ahead in every sphere. "Yesterday I was in Haryana which is the leading state in terms of per capita income. Maharashtra is second," he said.
"Our political rivals say nothing has happened in the country in the last 60 years. They come to you in cars manufactured in Pune and speak to you on mobile phones, yet they say nothing has happened. The United States is in awe of our manufacturing and information technology sector and still someone says nothing has happened. Only he is going to fix it all," Rahul said.
The Congress vice president also lauded the way the Congress-led Maharashtra government had dealt with the drought in the state over the last few years.
Earlier, speaking at Wani in Nashik district, Rahul responded to Modi's call for "Congress-free Maharashtra" by saying that Congress can never be banished from the state.
"There is no difference between the ideology of Congress and the thoughts of Shivaji Maharaj, Babasaheb Ambedkar and Jyotiba Phule. How will you remove them from the lives of people?" he said.
He accused the NDA government of working for the benefit of industrialists at the expense of the poor. "We started direct benefit transfer scheme for the poor under which money for social sector schemes like MNREGA was transferred to your bank accounts. Today, they too are continuing with it, but with a difference.
"Before Modi went to the US, a delegation of industrialists from there met him and pleaded for removal of the cap on prices of medicines. A deal was reached behind the doors and now drugs for treating cancer that cost Rs 8,000 earlier will be available for Rs one lakh," Rahul alleged.
Similarly, prices of medicines for diabetes, blood pressure and cancer will increase manifold now, he warned.
Rahul also reminded the audience that Congress-led UPA government had amended the land acquisition law for the benefit of the poor and adivasis.