PM, Ra­man don’t work with­out seek­ing nod of in­dus­tri­al­ists: Rahul

Millennium Post - - Nation - DHIRENDRA KU­MAR

NEW DELHI: Es­ca­lat­ing his at­tack on Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi on Fri­day al­leged that Modi never does any­thing with­out seek­ing per­mis­sion of his in­dus­tri­al­ist friends. Gandhi scion also took on the gov­ern­ment over the Rafale deal and de­mon­eti­sa­tion while ad­dress­ing a po­lit­i­cal rally in Ch­hat­tis­garh.

As only two days to go for the first phase of the Ch­hat­tis­garh assem­bly elec­tion, the po­lit­i­cal bat­tle be­tween the BJP and Congress in­ten­si­fied fur­ther on Fri­day and both PM Modi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi took their turns to at­tack each other with their own set of al­le­ga­tions. “All of you were stand­ing in long queues dur­ing de­mon­eti­sa­tion but not one black money holder was seen. Also, Ni­rav Modi, Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi and Me­hul Choksi ran away from the coun­try with your money,” the Congress chief said. Re­tort­ing to Modi’s al­le­ga­tions of Congress “ru­in­ing the lives of poor Adi­vasi youth by sup­port­ing ur­ban Maoists”, Gandhi also ac­cused Modi and of mak­ing “false” and “un­ful­filled” prom­ises.

Speak­ing at a poll rally at Pakhan­jore town in Kanker dis­trict of Ch­hat­tis­garh, Gandhi said, “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 Modiji and Ch­hat­tis­garh CM Ra­man Singh.” The Congress has been ac­cus­ing the Modi gov­ern­ment of in­dulging in crony cap­i­tal­ism from time to time, a charge which has been ve­he­mently de­nied by the saf­fron party. There was no im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion from the BJP or the state gov­ern­ment on Gandhi’s

lat­est al­le­ga­tions.

“In Delhi, Modiji has 10-15 in­dus­tri­al­ists friends and sim­i­larly Ch­hat­tis­garh CM has 10-15 big busi­ness­men friends. Modiji and Singh never do any work un­til they take per­mis­sion from th­ese 10-15 friends,” he al­leged. “Dur­ing the Congress-led gov­ern­ment at the Cen­tre, it used to take Rs 35,000 crore to run the MNREGA in a year,” Gandhi said, adding that the project changed the lives of sev­eral peo­ple in the coun­try.

“Modiji waived loans of 10-15 in­dus­tri­al­ists to the tune of Rs 3.50 lakh crore in the past four-and-a-half years. With this huge money, 10 MNREGAS could have been ex­e­cuted,” he said. “Modi ji snatched away the con­tract of Rafale fighter jets from the state-run HAL and gave it to Anil Am­bani,” he said. The Congress has ear­lier also lev­elled th­ese ac­cu­sa­tions, which has been re­jected by the gov­ern­ment as well as by the Am­bani-led Reliance Group.

Mean­while, while ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence Congress’ chief spokesper­son Ran­deep Sur­je­w­ala al­leged that de­mon­eti­sa­tion was a “scam” to con­vert black money to white and asked the BJP to de­clare who is re­spon­si­ble for the “eco­nomic

loss” caused by the govt’s move.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.