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Modi working in the interest of 15-20 industrialists, says Rahul

He alleged the Modi government had waived off loans worth Rs1.10 lakh crore of 15 industrialists

mumbai Updated: Nov 17, 2016 00:28 IST
Surendra P Gangan
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi at Bhiwandi on Wednesday.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi at Bhiwandi on Wednesday.(Rishikesh Choudhary)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attacked the Centre over demonetisation alleging that Prime Minister Modi was favouring a few industrialists and making the common man suffer for them.

He alleged the Modi government had waived off loans worth Rs1.10 lakh crore of 15 industrialists and the money being deposited in the banks by the poor would also be used to waive off more such loans. He was addressing party workers at Bhiwandi in neighbouring Thane district. He was in the city to appear before a court in connection with a defamation case over his remarks during the 2014 election campaign that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was responsible for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhi alleged that Modi will divert the money collected from the poor to 15-20 industrialists close to him by waiving off their debts in the next one year.

“Did you see any industrialist or rich person standing in line to get currency changed? It is only the common man, including farmers, labourers and small vendors, who have been falling prey to the decision. Loans worth Rs1.10 lakh crore owed by big industrialists have been waived off by the Modi government in the past two years. I don’t want to name the big names from the fraternity because everybody in the country knows them, but the decision of demonetisation has been taken with the intent of diverting money to 15-20 rich and famous people in the country,” he said.

Taunting the prime minister for his emotional appeal during his speech in Goa on Sunday, Gandhi said, “When the common man is going through turmoil, Modi takes pride in laughing… he sometimes laughs, sometimes breaks down… but it is time to stand united against the rule, which is against the poor,” he said in his speech.

While speaking to the media outside the court on Wednesday morning, Gandhi questioned why the industrialists who are close to the prime minister are being spared. “When the common man is suffering on the streets, the big names that travel with Modiji on his aircraft are being spared. No action is being taken against them for black marketeering. Demonetisation will fill the pockets of a few by emptying the pockets of the poor in the country.”

The Congress vice-president, while quoting Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology of standing straight in favour of independence, said that he was fighting against the people (the Modi government ) who want to impose an autocratic rule that suppresses the common man. He also appealed to party leaders and workers to be ready for the fight against the government.

Earlier, he appeared before a Bhiwandi court to face trial in a defamation case filed by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker for his remarks blaming the outfit for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. He was granted bail on the personal surety of former Union home minister Shivraj Patil.

On Tuesday, after arriving at Mumbai, Gandhi had termed demonetisation as a huge scam. Referring to various posts on the internet, Gandhi alleged that several high and mighty people already knew about the decision.