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Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi on multiple fronts in Madhya Pradesh

At a public meeting, Rahul Gandhi also criticised Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and claimed he had made 21,000 promises without fulfilling any.

india Updated: Sep 28, 2018 23:11 IST
Rewa: Congress President Rahul Gandhi waves at his supporters during a corner meeting, at Chunari in Rewa, Friday, Sept 28, 2018. (PTI)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi hit the hinterland trail in the Vindhya region of Madhya Pradesh by attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi on multiple fronts, citing his hubris, the failure to provide jobs to youth, the demonetisation drive and farm distress, through a series of public and street corner meetings that lasted over six hours on Friday.

Gandhi also continued his belligerent attack on Modi over the Rafale deal and repeatedly alleged, “Chowkidar chor hai.” (The watchman is a thief)

Talking to the media at Tyonthar, a town bordering Uttar Pradesh, Gandhi said, “Chowkidar ki Chori pakri gai hai. Unhone upne mitra ko madad karne ke liye France pey dabav banaya” (The chowkidar has been caught stealing. He put pressure on France to help his industrialist friend).

Gandhi, accompanied by Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) chief Kamal Nath and MPCC election campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia and other senior Congress leaders hit the campaign in a specially designed bus.

Addressing a public meeting at Tyonthar, 90 km from Rewa district headquarters, Gandhi said, “I heard Modiji’s speech on August 15. I was amazed to hear him saying that before he became PM the elephant (India) was sleeping and achieved nothing, and it was he who woke it up. Mo- diji is insulting your forefathers because the country has come forward not because of Congress or BJP, but due to sweat and blood of the farmers,” drawing app- lause from the audience. He said Modi promised two crore jobs for the youth every year but failed.

At a public meeting at Baiku- nthpur, Gandhi criticised Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and claimed he had made 21,000 promises without fulfilling any. “We are di- fferent from them. We do not make hundreds of empty promises, but we will make four to five promises and will fulfil all. ” Gandhi promised that all farm loans will be waived within 10 days of the Congress coming to power.

State BJP vice-president Vijesh Lunawat said, “Rahul Gandhi’s immaturity and etiquette is reflected in his choice of language. Also, he is not speaking on his brother-in-law’s scams and those scams he himself has been found involved in.”

First Published: Sep 28, 2018 23:07 IST