Modi and his friends want to usurp land, says Rahul Gandhi at Bihar rally
Ramnagar (Bihar): Kicking
off the Congress campaign in poll-bound Bihar, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday raked
up the “suit boot ki sarkar” jibe to target the Modi government, warning people
that they would lose their land and livelihood if NDA came to power.
Addressing a rally in
this West Champaran region where Mahatma Gandhi had waged a battle to free
farmers from indigo farming forced by Britishers, the Congress Vice President
suggested that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the anti-thesis of the Mahatma.
“While the Mahatma shed
his suit and donned a dhoti as he led the poor farmers, Modi who claimed to
have started as a chaiwala (tea seller) started wearing Rs 15 lakh suit after
becoming Prime Minister,” Gandhi said, painting Modi and the BJP-led NDA as a
‘club of the rich’.
On the one hand, there
is Gandhiji who worked amid the poor and the labourers, shed his suit and on
the other, there is Modiji who meets only people who wear suit boot and not the
poor and the oppressed.
“He says that I and my
friends wearing suit-boot will change India. Give two crore new jobs every
year, provide 100 per cent enhanced minimum support price to farmers for their
produce and would deposit Rs 15 lakh in everyone’s account by getting back
black money stashed abroad. Tell me whether any of these things happened?”
Gandhi asked amid cries of ‘No, no” from the audience.
A day before the
Congress is organising a mega-kisan samman rally in the national capital,
Gandhi warned people of the backward agrarian state that “Modiji and his
friends wearing suit-boot want to usurp your land. They say you give your land
and they will give development and jobs to the youth of Bihar.
“Your land will be taken
away and you will not get any employment. We have formed this alliance because
we want to protect the poor, weak and the oppressed. We want to save you from
Modiji and his friends”.
Gandhi said that if the
BJP government comes to power in Bihar, two-three people from Gujarat and Delhi
wearing expensive suits will come and claim the land asking for the removal of
the farmers from there.
Gandhi also alluded to
the recent controversy in the BJP-ruled Maharashtra over making Marathi
language mandatory for getting license to ply auto.
“When you go to other
states for jobs like Maharashtra, then you will be told that you will not get
that because you do not know their language,” he said.
Attacking Modi on the
issue of corruption, he cited the Lalit Modi controversy, Vyapam scam and PDS
scam in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh respectively.
“Modi used to say
neither he will engage in corruption nor will he allow anybody to do so (naa
khaoonga, naa khaane doonga). He kept on saying it when External Minister Sushma
Swaraj was helping Lalit Modi, when the entire education system was sold out in
MP and Vyapam scam happened. PDS scam took place in Chhattisgarh.
“We were providing free
medicines in Rajasthan, when there was a Congress government there. Vasundhara Raje’s
government stopped this. You all know how much money one has to pay in private
hospitals for treatment,” he said.
Projecting the grand
secular alliance as “pro-poor and pro-farmer”, the Congress Vice President said
if the alliance formed the government the voice of the weak and poor will be
heard and youth will be given Rs 4 lakh loan for education.