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Congress VP Rahul hits out at PM Modi over surgical strike

NEW DELHI: While Rahul Gandhi had lauded PM Modi for the surgical strike earlier, calling it ‘the first time he had acted as the PM of India’, he changed track and hit out at him in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. He said on the last day of his rally in poll-bound UP, “Aapne 2 cheeze zarur ki hain,ek Hindustani ko dusre se ladane ka kaam kia,bantne ka kaam kia hai. Ye desh Modi ji se insaaf chata hai, aur ye unki zimmedari hai. Kaha hai 15 lakh, kaha hai unke saare vaade. Modi ji promised bank accounts to everyone, but there is no money in those accounts. All his promises were fake. Humare jawan hain jinho ne khoon diya hai,jinho ne #surgicalstrike kiya,unke khoon ke peeche aap(PM) chhupe huye ho. Unki aap dalali kar rahe ho.”

(You have done two things – One, Made Indians fight with others and two, made Indians fight with each other. This nation wants justice from Modi, that is his responsibility. Where is the Rs 15 lakh? What happened to your promises? You promised bank accounts for everyone but there is no money in those accounts. All his promises were fake. Our jawans, who gave their blood, who carried out the surgical strike, you are hiding behind their blood. You are trading their blood)

Earlier, the Congress Vice President, who was speaking during his road show on the last day of his month-long Kisan Yatra from Deoria, pressed upon the Modi government to announce a debt waiver for farmers.

Gandhi also took a swipe at ruling Samjwadi Party, saying he will give UP a government of farmers, labourers and people of every religion and caste and not that of a selected few.

Lashing out at Modi government, he said only the Prime Minister and his friends were “happy” as money has come into the pockets of 15 top businessmen and not the farmers, labour and small shopkeepers.

“Modiji had said he has a 56-inch chest and will fight out corruption, but he instead brought out a ‘Fair and Lovely scheme’ for turning the blackmoney of the country’s thieves into white. The money has not come into the pockets of farmers, labour and small shopkeepers, but went into those of 15 top businessmen. Only Modiji and his friends are happy,” he said.

Modi government had announced Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) — a one-time opportunity to those with hidden income to come clean by making the disclosure and paying 45 per cent tax and penalty. After the end of the four-month window on September 30, the government had pegged the disclosed amount at Rs 65,250 crore.

Training his guns on the family-led Samajwadi Party government in the state, Gandhi said, “Uttar Pradesh will not have a government of just 15 persons. The government here will be of farmers, labour, small shopkeepers, and of people from every religion and caste.”

The Congress vice President said he will force the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for a loan waiver for the distressed farmers. “We want higher MSP for farmers, we want to waive the farm loans so join me and come to Delhi along with me. We all will pressurise Modiji to waive farm loans. “In the last two and half years Narendra Modi waived Rs 1.10 lakh crore loan to 15 big corporates. Then why can’t he waive the farmers’ loan,” he said.

Gandhi’s yatra passed through various constituencies in this district and entered Modinagar where he was accorded a rousing welcome by party workers before he headed for Delhi. He is accompanied by party’s chief ministerial face Sheila Dikshit, UPPCC president Raj Babbar and actor-turned politician Nagma. The Kisan Yatra will end at Parliament Street in the national capital

With inputs from agencies

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