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Rahul Gandhi kicks off 2-day UP visit amid BJP protests; attacks Modi, Yogi

Visiting his Lok Sabha constituency of Amethi, Rahul Gandhi attacked the Modi and Yogi. Also, a poster war seems to have erupted ahead of Congress’ chief visit, While some depicted Rahul as Lord Krishna, others questioned his work as MP

india Updated: Jan 15, 2018 20:58 IST
Umesh Raghuvanshi
Umesh Raghuvanshi
Hindustan Times, Amethi
Rahul Gandhi,Amethi,Narendra Modi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi being welcomed by the supporters on his arrival in Amethi on Monday. (HT Photo)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, saying both were in the habit of giving “long speeches” but doing nothing for people.

Visiting his Lok Sabha constituency of Amethi for the first time after taking over as the Congress chief, Gandhi again attacked the Modi government over its alleged failure to generate jobs.

“China was creating 50,000 jobs per day against 450 jobs being created by all the Modi government’s schemes in India,” Gandhi said.

He said the BJP had nothing but words to offer.

“The BJP people are continuously lying...one lie after the other. Whether it is pertaining to the Rs 15 lakh in the bank accounts of people or giving a remunerative price to the farmers or construction of roads...,” Gandhi said at a public meeting in Salon.

He was referring to Modi’s poll promise to deposit Rs 15 lakh in the bank account of every citizen by cracking down on black money, if voted to power.

He alleged that a step-motherly treatment was being meted out to Rae Bareli, his mother, Sonia Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency, and Amethi. He promised to restore the mega food park in Rae Bareli and other development projects once Congress was voted back to power.

“Farmers are not getting remunerative price for their produce. They grow potato and mint but had been denied remunerative price. Farmers were committing suicide and throwing away their potato,” he said.

Rahul Gandhi went to Hanuman temple situated on the borders of Rae Bareli with Lucknow. Rahul also donated ‘khichri’ on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. He also stopped for a cup of tea at Nigoha near Rae Bareli.

Modi and Yogi for giving ‘long speeches’ - Both of them believed in putting people against each other. They can not claim of launching a scheme that may have benefited the people.

Had the food park -- scrapped by the Modi government -- been set up in Amethi, farmers in Rae Bareli, Amethi and other districts would have been benefitted, he told a gathering in nearby Pratapgarh.

“They are meting out a step-motherly treatment to you. They snatch away whatever development plan comes here and hurt you,” said Gandhi.

The 47-year-old called upon people to gear up for Uttar Pradesh polls and the Lok Sabha election due in 2019.

The Congress had tied up with the Samajwadi Party for the 2017 UP election but was wiped out, with the BJP storming to power with a brute majority.

Gujarat, where his party put up an impressive show but couldn’t dislodge the ruling BJP, also found a mention in Gandhi’s address.

Illustrating the alleged failure of the “Modi model” of development, he said. “Ninety per cent universities in Gujarat are in private hands. A youth told me that students need to pay Rs 15 lakh to get admission there.” he said.

POSTER WAR

A poster war seems to have erupted ahead of Congress’ chief visit. While some posters depicted Rahul as Lord Krishna, others questioned his work as MP. The posters that were critical of the Congress chief, however, disappeared soon.

A group of youth, holding placards questioning Gandhi and reminding him of his promise to connect Salon with rail, was chased away by Congress leaders before the arrival of party chief, sources said.

First Published: Jan 15, 2018 20:58 IST