Congress to win all polls from Karnataka to next general elections: Rahul Gandhi in Jan Akrosh rally

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being “hollow” and speaking “lies” and said the “chowkidar” was silent on issues concerning judiciary, women’s safety, Dalits, youth, farmers and corruption.

In a hard-hitting attack on PM Modi at the Jan Akrosh rally here, Gandhi tore into him on a range of issues, including unemployment, Rafale deal, and an “agenda-less” visit to China. He also said Congress will win all the assembly elections this year as well as the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “Four years of the Modi government have given unemployment, BJP MLAs committed atrocities on women, the informal sector was destroyed, Modiji could not stand up to China,” Gandhi said.

Packing a lot of punch in his nearly 30-minute address, Gandhi said Modi keeps making promises in his speeches but people have a hard time figuring out the truth. Gandhi also defended senior party leader Salman Khurshid over his “blood on party’s hands” remarks, saying he would allow “divergent views to flourish in the party”, but asked partymen to fight together in the ideological battle against the RSS.

Referring to death of Judge B.H. Loya, he said people in Supreme Court had stated that pressure was being exerted on the court, but Modi was “silent” as he was on the unprecedented press conference of four judges of the Supreme Court in January. Gandhi, who went through a mid-flight scare during his visit to poll-bound Karnataka earlier this month, announced he will visit Kailash Mansarovar after the assembly polls next month.

He accused the Prime Minister of being silent over Union Minister Piyush Goyal’s alleged sale of shares held in a privately-held company at nearly 1,000 times the face value. “It is the first time a Power Minister has sold his company to a power company and Narendra Modi does not speak a word,” Gandhi said.

The well-attended rally  at Ramlila Maidan came almost a year before the next  Lok Sabha polls and signalled  Gandhi’s intention to build up electoral momentum with sharp attacks on Modi. Party leaders, including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, were among those present.

Citing Modi’s visit to China for an informal summit, he said: “China’s army is entrenched in Doklam, they are making helipads, extending airways and India’s Prime Minister held discussions without an agenda. What does this mean?”  None of the Prime Ministers had done such a thing but “Narendra Modi can do this”, he said.

Gandhi also said Modi had talked of providing two crore jobs every year and the youth believed him, but now “unemployment is highest in the past eight years”, while demonetisation and faulty implementation of GST had “broken the back of the informal sector”. “China creates 50,000 jobs in 24 hours while India generates 450. The youth looks towards Narendra Modi and say that he is hollow. His words are empty. He only speaks lies,” Gandhi said. The Congress leader said that the Modi government was willing to waive Rs 2.5 lakh crore loans of a few industrialists but was not ready to do the same for farmers, who were being forced to commit suicide. “If Congress had not stood up, all the land of farmers would have been snatched by Narendra Modi,” Gandhi said.


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