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‘Money for NYAY will come from Modi’s friend’: Rahul Gandhi targets PM in Karnataka

At Kolar Lok Sabha seat, Congress president Rahul Gandhi mounted fresh attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of diverting money meant for the Indian Air Force to “his industrialist friend”.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 13, 2019 14:25 IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolar, Karnataka
Rahul Gandhi,Kolar Lok Sabha seat,Parliamentary elections
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said that if the party comes to power it will roll out a minimum income guarantee scheme for the poor. (AFP file)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday sharpened his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that he extended “undue favours” to his industrialist friends, who looted the country.

“When we announced NYAY (Nyuntam Aay Yojana), the face of the chowkidar (a reference to PM Modi) changed. It shrank. He asked where will money come from to implement NYAY. I am telling you Modiji, the money for NYAY will come from your friend Anil Ambani,” said Gandhi addressing an election rally at Kolar in Karnataka.

Gandhi said once the Congress forms government after the Lok Sabha elections, it will deposit Rs 72,000 in a year in the bank accounts of the poor families of the country.

“Narendra Modi spoke about giving Rs 15 lakh to the poor. It was a lie. We dug out the truth. The Congress will deposit Rs 3.60 lakh rupees in the bank accounts of the poor in five years. The money will go into the bank accounts of women of the beneficiary families,” Gandhi said.

The Congress president accused PM Modi of diverting money meant for the Indian Air Force to favour businessman Anil Ambani, whose firm, Reliance Defence is an offset partner of the Dassault Aviation, the French company which has got the contract for supply of 36 Rafale fighter jets.

India and France signed an agreement for the purchase of Rafale fighter jets in 2016. The Congress has alleged malfeasance in the Rafale deal. At his Kolar rally, Gandhi said, “You (PM Modi) talk about corruption but you have given money to Anil Ambani by stealing Rs 30,000 of the Indian Air Force.”

Karnataka will vote in two of the seven phases of the Lok Sabha polls – April 18 and April 23 - 14 Lok Sabha seats in each phase. Kolar Lok Sabha constituency, where the Congress president was addressing his election rally, goes to the polls on April 18 in the second phase of the parliamentary elections.

The Congress has kept a firm hold over the Kolar Lok Sabha seat. The party has lost the seat only once since 1977. Former Union minister KH Muniyappa is the sitting MP from Kolar seat and has won it seven times in a row.

The Congress veteran is in the fray again and fighting against the Bharatiya Janata Party’s S Muniswamy, a greenhorn, in the seat reserved for members of Scheduled Castes.

“This is a fight between the ideologies of hate and unity. The victory will be of Congress and JDS,” said Gandhi.

First Published: Apr 13, 2019 14:23 IST

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