BJP making one India for rich, another for poor, says Rahul Gandhi
BJP spokesperson and legislator Munna Singh Chauhan said Gandhi’s visit to the family of a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper who died in the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 was hypocritical.Updated: Mar 16, 2019 23:53 IST
Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Dehradun on Saturday, saying he was trying to create two Indias, and again raised the Rafale jet fighter deal while holding out the promise of a minimum guaranteed income (MGI) for the poor if his party returns to power in the upcoming general election.
“Modi is trying to create two Indias. One is of Anil Ambani in which he is flying around in his private jets while another one is of poor farmers and labourers who are left to starve by this government. We will not allow them to make two Indias,” told the Parivartan Rally at Parade Ground, attended by an estimated 35,000 people.
Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence is one of the companies to which Dassault Aviation of France has awarded an offset deal after winning a Rs 59,000 crore contract in 2016 to supply 36 Rafale warplanes to the Indian Air Force. Rahul Gandhi has repeatedly accused the Modi government of wrongdoing in the contract and favouring Ambani — allegations that both the government and the businessman have denied. In his 45-minute speech , Gandhi said Ambani had no experience of the aviation business, questioning the offset deal his company had been awarded. “If you give a piece of paper to Anil Ambani and ask him to create a paper plane, I am sure he won’t be able to make it,” he said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shrugged aside Gandhi’s rally. Ajayendra Ajay, chief of the information technology and social media cell of the Uttarakhand BJP, wrote in Facebook post that the Congress president’s public rally was a “comedy show.” BJP spokesperson and legislator Munna Singh Chauhan said Gandhi’s visit to the family of a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper who died in the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 was “hypocritical.”
Gandhi said that if the Congress returns to power, it would introduce an MGI and one, simplified Goods and Sales Tax (GST).
“We will introduce MGI and set a parameter for it. Whoever’s income will fall below that parameter, we would transfer the balance income directly to his bank account in a first-of-its kind move in the world,” said Gandhi , who welcomed BJP leader BC Khanduri’s son, Manish Khandur, to the Congress’s fold at the rally.
First Published: Mar 16, 2019 23:53 IST