Rahul Taunts Modi for 'Cloud' Remark, Asks If All Aircraft Disappear from Radar When It Rains in India
Addressing an election rally here ahead of the fourth and last phase of Lok Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh, Gandhi also sought to know what Modi did for the jobless youth.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi addresses a rally in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday.
Neemuch (MP): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remarks that cloud cover "helped" IAF planes evade Pakistani radars during the Balakot air strikes.
In the last leg of the Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi sought to intensify the heat on Modi by saying that the PM nowadays only talks of mangoes, kurtas and clouds, but ignores real issues including farmers, unemployment and corruption.
A day after Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi toured the Malwa-Nimad region, the Congress president addressed election rallies in Neemuch, Ujjain and Khandwa and sought to know what Modi did for the jobless youth.
“Modi ji, whenever it rains in India, do all aircraft disappear from the radar?" Gandhi said. The Congress leader also made a veiled reference to Modi's interaction with actor Akshay Kumar in which the PM revealed that he loved mangoes as a child and still loves them. "Modi ji, you taught (us) how to eat mangoes; now tell the country what you did for jobless youth," he said.
“I wish to know from the PM how eating mangoes, cutting kurta sleeves and all this was linked to the problems of the public,” said Gandhi.
Accusing Modi of talking ill about his family, including his father, mother, grandmother and great-grandfather, Gandhi claimed he hasn’t spoken bad about the PM’s parents even once and would never do so in the future. “I will prefer dying instead of saying bad things about his father and mother as I am not an RSS/BJP man, I am a Congress man,” said Gandhi.
He also targeted the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan flashing some papers, claiming the Congress government has also waived off farm loans of Chouhan’s family and he (Chouhan) roams around in Madhya Pradesh alleging state government did not write off farm loans.
Gandhi said his party's proposed minimum income guarantee scheme Nyay will jump start the Indian economy and set right the "injustice" done due to GST and demonetisation. The economy has been left in the doldrums due to flawed GST implementation and demonetisation.
"The Nyay scheme will benefit five crore families who earn less than Rs 12,000 per month. This means Rs 72,000 will be deposited in the bank accounts of beneficiaries annually and Rs 3.6 lakh in five years," he said. "Nyay will ensure that people start purchasing goods, while small and medium businesses can start manufacturing the goods resulting in employment opportunities," he said.
Nyay is not an option but a necessity, Gandhi said. Gandhi said the money for implementation of Nyay will come from industrialists like Anil Ambani and Nirav Modi.
The Congress president said his party's poll manifesto provides for self-employment opportunities for youth which would be hassle-free. Farmers who default on loan repayment won't be punished, he added.
Demonetisation and GST have left lakhs of people unemployed and small and medium enterprises have been left in the lurch, Gandhi said. The twin measures have destroyed the economy and led to highest unemployment ever, he added.
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