Congress President Rahul Gandhi Tuesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his economic and agricultural policies, saying not a single rupee of farmers’ loan has been waived by the government and the Make-In-India campaign has “failed” with phones and T-shirts being outsourced from China.
Gandhi said his party “wants phones to be made in India and have a tag of made in Dholpur”.
Beginning his 150-km long road show in eastern Rajasthan from Mania in Dholpur district, which shares border with Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, the Congress president attacked the government on a range of issues ranging from the Rafale deal, law and order situation to demonetisation.
Rajasthan goes to polls in December.
Gandhi said the prime minister during the 2014 Lok Sabha election had said he wanted to be a ‘chowkidar’ but never clarified for whom he wanted to become the ‘chowkidar’.
“Youth had trusted Modi. He had said he did not wish to become a prime minister but wanted to be a chowkidar. Now people are laughing. He never told that whose chowkidar he wanted to be. They got to know later that Anil Ambani is being protected,” Gandhi charged at the first meeting under the road show.
He alleged that Modi benefitted 15-20 top industrialists of the country instead of farmers.
Raising the Rafale deal issue, the Congress president reiterated his allegation that Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd was ignored and Prime minister’s industrialist friend was benefitted with the deal which was finalised with higher prices as compared to rates decided by the former UPA government.
Gandhi said Modi did not speak a single word when he raised the Rafale matter.
Naming industrialists Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, Lalit Modi and Anil Ambani, he alleged that the prime minister benefitted them and did not take care of farmers, youths etc.
He said the former UPA government led by his party had waived off farmers’ loan worth Rs. 70,000 crore but bad debt worth Rs. 3.5 lakh crore were written off by the present government led by Modi and the PM did not waive even Rs 1 of farmers.
“We took a decision within ten days to waive off farmers’ loan worth Rs. 70,000 crore but debt worth Rs 3.5 lakh crore was written off by the Modi government in the last four years. He did not waive a single penny of farmers. I went to the prime minister’s office only once and that too to raise farmers’ issue but the PM remained silent and did not speak a single word,” he said.
“You go and ask small scale businessmen and they will tell you what the situation is. Demonetisation and GST have destroyed the country’s economy,” he charged.