Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday over his remarks in China and South Korea that “Indians were ashamed of being born in the country before his government came to power”, as the Amethi MP described himself as “a proud Indian”.
Wrapping up his three-day visit to the Uttar Pradesh district, Gandhi also took a parting shot at the Prime Minister over a controversial name-striped suit he wore during US President Barack Obama’s visit this year and said the “suit-boot ki sarkar” was only helping a few industrialists and not the poor.
“I am a proud Indian. All of us are proud Indians---you all know how people feel about it,” he said at the Lucknow airport before flying to Delhi. “I want to repeat what I said in Parliament...this government is not for the poor, farmers and weaker people but of a few chosen industrialists.”
The Congress leader accused the Modi government of treating his parliamentary constituency unfairly, saying all political parties were of the unanimous view that the Centre was impeding development schemes in Amethi.
“If you want to extract revenge from me, do it. I have no problem. But the poor and farmers of Amethi have done you no harm. They should be treated well,” he said while presiding over a district-level vigilance and monitoring committee meeting. “There was unanimity among the public representatives of all the political parties that their (NDA government’s) behaviour towards Amethi was not right... Be it the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Yojana (PMGSY), the Indira Awas Yojana or other centrally sponsored schemes— Amethi has not been given its due”
After returning from a nearly two-month-long sabbatical, the Congress lawmaker has nettled the NDA government with unrelenting attacks on its land acquisition and farm policies while courting voters in the countryside to shore up his poll-battered party.
“Farmers are crying, as they are not getting compensation for (losses due to) hailstorm, not getting right price for their produce, got lathis when they asked for fertilisers," he said. “I spoke to them about the cancellation of the Shaktiman Mega Food Park and they said the situation was bad in respect to all the centrally-sponsored schemes.”
Gandhi has repeatedly stoked a raging row over the food processing project that the Centre scrapped as the project venture failed to take off in the five years from the time it was sanctioned.
During the two-hour-long meeting, the Lok Sabha lawmaker said a probe should be held into the work done under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana in the past five years and also asked the district administration for a report following complaints of discrepancies in the rural employment MNREGA scheme.
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