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Rahul Gandhi tears into Modi at Karnataka tribal rally over unemployment, rural economy

Speaking at a tribal rally in Karnataka’s Raichur district, the Congress president attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over unemployment of the country’s youth and disrupting rural economy through GST and demonetisation.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2018 23:02 IST
Vikram Gopal
Vikram Gopal
Hindustan Times, Devadurga (Karnataka)
Rahul Gandhi,Amit Shah,PM Modi
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses the gathering during a tribal rally in Raichur on Monday. (PTI)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explain how Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah’s son’s company earned profits, while small traders across the country shut shop after demonetisation.

Gandhi was speaking at a tribal rally in Raichur district’s Devadurga as a part of the Janashirvada Yatra.

The Congress chief said the Centre favoured industrialists over farmers, labourers and petty traders. He accused Modi of having destroyed the rural economy by implementing measures such as demonetisation and the
Goods and Services Tax (GST), which he ridiculed as the Gabbar Singh Tax.

“Small traders are shutting shop, but there is only one company that grew its business from Rs 50,000 to Rs 80 crore. That belongs to Amit Shah’s son,” Gandhi said, referring to Jay Shah.

“You tell youngsters to become entrepreneurs and you don’t give them employment. But for your friend Amit Shah’s son, you have set up a start-up,” he said.

Gandhi said India was losing in the competition against China because everywhere one looked, one could only see products made in the neighbouring country.

“Shirt, cameras, cars; everything is made in China,” he said, adding that while that country created 50,000 jobs a day, the Modi government could only manage 450 per day.

The Congress president likened the Prime Minister’s leadership to a batsman who looks at the wicketkeeper, unlike Sachin Tendulkar, who faces the bowler.

“Siddaramaiah looks at the ball and Modi looks at the wicketkeeper when the ball comes. Mistakes happen because of this. Demonetisation happens. Farmers, adivasis are affected by this and Gabbar Singh Tax is introduced,” he said.

Reacting to Gandhi’s jibe, senior state BJP leader KS Eshwarappa said these were desperate attempts to discredit the good work done by Modi. “Gandhi himself is an unemployed person, which is why he is making such comments,” Eshwarappa said.

“Clearly, he has not studied the various measures taken by the Modi government to promote employment,” he added.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 23:00 IST