PM Modi and Ch­hat­tis­garh CM Ra­man are cor­rupt, says Rahul

Khaleej Times - - INDIA -

konda­gaon — Con­gress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi on Satur­day mocked Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi over his si­lence on the is­sues of cor­rup­tion and al­leged that he and Ch­hat­tis­garh Chief Min­is­ter Ra­man Singh are “cor­rupt”.

“Ch­hat­tis­garh is a pros­per­ous state, but the BJP govern­ment steals from the peo­ple and helps 15-20 of its rich in­dus­tri­al­ist friends. Your nat­u­ral re­sources are dis­trib­uted among the rich. Ch­hat­tis­garh is the poor­est state in In­dia,” he said ad­dress­ing a pub­lic meet­ing here as cam­paign­ing ended in 18 seats in the first phase of the Assem­bly polls in the state to be held on Mon­day.

At­tack­ing Ra­man Singh, Rahul Gandhi said the “chief min­is­ter here is cor­rupt”.

“Prime min­is­ter says he fights cor­rup­tion. But when it comes to Ch­hat­tis­garh, he doesn’t say that the chief min­is­ter (Ra­man Singh) is cor­rupt.”

Giv­ing ex­am­ples of cor­rup­tion in the state, the Con­gress leader al­leged that no ac­tion was taken in the Rs50 bil­lion chit fund scam case “as the chief min­is­ter did not want any ac­tion in that”.

“Over 60 peo­ple died and 310 FIRs were reg­is­tered in the case

but no ac­tion was taken be­cause in the chit fund scam chief min­is­ter name was there.”

“In the PDS (pub­lic dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem) scam, Rs360 bil­lion was si­phoned off. A di­ary was seized in that it was writ­ten that the money was given to CM Madam and Dr Sa­heb,” he said, adding, “I want to ask Ra­man Singhji that who was the CM Madam and Dr Sa­heb.”

Rahul said that if the chief min­is­ter does not want to an­swer these ques­tions then he (CM) must ex­plain to the peo­ple of the state that

the Pak­istan prime min­is­ter was sent to jail after his name ap­peared in the Panama pa­pers.

“His (Ra­man Singh) son’s name ap­peared in Panama Pa­pers but no ac­tion is taken against him be­cause Ra­man Singh and Modi are cor­rupt,” he thun­dered.

Rak­ing up the is­sues of un­em­ploy­ment in the state, Rahul said de­spite 15 years of BJP rule in the state, over four mil­lion youth are un­em­ployed. “Tribal land given to in­dus­tri­al­ists, teach­ers’ posts va­cant, no ir­ri­ga­tion fa­cil­i­ties in most

Rahul Gandhi, Con­gress pres­i­dent

lands de­spite 15 years of BJP rule. Peo­ple of other states given em­ploy­ment here,” he said.

“We will stop it. Peo­ple of Ch­hat­tis­garh will get jobs. Will give land to land­less,” the Con­gress chief said.

The first phase of the Assem­bly elec­tions in Ch­hat­tis­garh will see polling in 18 seats in eight Maoistaf­fected districts. The rul­ing BJP had lost 12 of the 18 seats in the 2013 Assem­bly polls. The re­main­ing 72 con­stituen­cies will go to the polls in the sec­ond phase on Novem­ber 20. —

Ch­hat­tis­garh is a pros­per­ous state, but the BJP govern­ment steals from the peo­ple and helps 15-20 of its rich in­dus­tri­al­ist friends

PM says he fights cor­rup­tion. But when it comes to Ch­hat­tis­garh, he doesn’t say that the chief min­is­ter (Ra­man Singh) is cor­rupt.”

PTI

Rahul Gandhi ar­rives to pay obei­sance at the Gu­rud­wara Singh Sabha in Ra­j­nandgaon, ch­hat­tis­garh, on Satur­day. —

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