Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Lok Sabha elections a fight to save democracy, says Gandhi

- HT Correspond­ent letters@hindustant­imes.com

JAIPUR/JODHPUR: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections were a contest between the “poor and 22-25 billionair­es” in the country, and a battle to save the democracy.

The former party chief, who addressed two rallies in Rajasthan, sharpened his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for indulging in large-scale corruption through electoral bonds.

At his first rally in Anupgarh in Bikaner Lok Sabha constituen­cy, Gandhi said, “The upcoming elections are being held to save the Constituti­on and democracy. It is an election of the backwards, Dalits, tribals and poor people in the general category.”

The biggest issue in the country today is unemployme­nt, followed by inflation, Gandhi said. “Ask anyone. Unemployme­nt is the biggest issue in the country. Inflation comes second. Ninety per cent people will say inflation but if you follow the media, it will seem that the most important issue is Ambani’s (son’s) wedding. (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi’s face will be seen in the media 24 hours a day,” he said. He said that the job of the media is to raise the voice of the public but it never speaks about the public’s issues and the “billionair­e” owners who control them will not allow the media persons to speak “right” questions.“Two-three percent people get employment in media, 15-20 people control the media and these people praise Modi 24 hours,” he said.

Later, at a rally in Phalodi in the Jodhpur constituen­cy, he accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of indulging in corruption through electoral bonds.

“Extortion is going on and its name is electoral bonds,” Gandhi said as he campaigned in support of the Congress candidate Karan Singh Uchiyarda.

“Modi said ‘I want to eliminate corruption’ and brought the electoral bonds scheme. Industrial­ists gave thousands of crores of rupees to the BJP (through the electoral bonds),” Gandhi said.

Reacting to Gandhi’s remarks, BJP spokespers­on Laxmikant Bharadwaj said: “He (Rahul Gandhi) is correct in stating that this election is between the rich and the poor, at one end is rich Gandhi and on the other side is Modi, who understand­s poor”.

 ?? PTI ?? West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and her nephew and Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee (second from left) in Kolkata on Thursday.
PTI West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and her nephew and Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee (second from left) in Kolkata on Thursday.
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Rahul Gandhi

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