Ch­hat­tis­garh elec­tion bat­tle heats up

Bas­tar’s riches are reach­ing only Modi, CM’S friends: Rahul

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Nation | Myindiamyvote - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­ ■

RAIPUR: Con­gress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi promised on Fri­day to write off farm­ers’ debts within 10 days of com­ing to power in Ch­hat­tis­garh and ac­cused Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi of de­stroy­ing the econ­omy.

Ad­dress­ing four ral­lies in the poll-bound state, in­clud­ing one in chief min­is­ter Ra­man Singh’s home district of Ra­j­nandgaon, Gandhi at­tacked the Cen­tre over the in­tro­duc­tion of the Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST), which he al­leged, was a ‘Gab­bar Singh Tax’.

Three days be­fore the first phase of vot­ing in Ch­hat­tis­garh on Novem­ber 12, Gandhi also ac­cused Modi and Singh of mak­ing “false” and “un­ful­filled” promises.

“Bas­tar is rich in nat­u­ral re­sources, but lo­cal peo­ple don’t have ac­cess to their ben­e­fits. The ben­e­fits are reach­ing a few in­dus­tri­al­ist friends of Modi ji and Ch­hat­tis­garh CM,” Gandhi said.

The 47-year-old leader said his party would re­solve farm prob­lems in the state. “If we form the gov­ern­ment in Ch­hat­tis­garh, we will waive the loans of farm­ers within ten days,” he said, claim­ing that food pro­cess­ing units will be de­vel­oped for farm­ers in each district.

Claim­ing that the Con­gressled United Pro­gres­sive Al­liance gov­ern­ment at the Cen­tre used to pro­vide R 35,000 crore to run the Ma­hatma Gandhi Na­tional Ru­ral Em­ploy­ment Guar­an­tee Scheme in a year, Gandhi al­leged that Modi was busy waiv­ing the loans 10-15 in­dus­tri­al­ists to the tune of ₹3.5 lakh crore in the past four-and-a-half years. “With this huge money, 10 MNREGAS could have been ex­e­cuted,” he said.

Gandhi also al­leged that the prime min­is­ter had failed to ful­fil his prom­ise of de­posit­ing ₹15 lakh in ev­ery­one’s bank ac­count by un­earthing black money stashed away by dis­hon­est In­di­ans and cre­at­ing 20 mil­lion jobs ev­ery year. He also al­leged jew­ellers Ni­rav Modi and Me­hul Choksi, liquor baron Vi­jay Mallya and tainted cricket ad­min­is­tra­tor Lalit Modi fled In­dia with thou­sands of crores with the help of the gov­ern­ment.

Gandhi tar­geted Singh over al­le­ga­tions of a ₹5,000 crore chit fund scam. Singh had de­nied th­ese charges ear­lier. “Who had opened th­ese (chit fund) com­pa­nies? They were friends of Ra­man Singh,” Gandhi al­leged.

The BJP rub­bished the al­le­ga­tions and called them base­less. Party spokesper­son Sacchi­nand Upasana said: “No one takes Rahul Gandhi se­ri­ously in Ch­hat­tis­garh. The al­le­ga­tions against CM Ra­man Singh and PM Modi are base­less. Con­gress is los­ing Chat­tis­garh and hence the frus­tra­tion of Rahul Gandhi is vis­i­ble”.

Gandhi spoke at four ral­lies on Thurs­day, at Pakhan­jore, K hair a ga rh, dong ar gar hand Gunj Chowk. The Con­gress is look­ing to come back to power af­ter 15 years in Ch­hat­tis­garh.

Elec­tions to the 90-mem­ber assem­bly will be held in two phases - on Novem­ber 12 and Novem­ber 20 - and count­ing of votes will take place on De­cem­ber 11.


Con­gress Pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi ad­dresses a rally in Kanker district on Fri­day.

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