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'Vanakam Puducherry' is Modi's Answer to Struggling Middle Class: Rahul Takes a Swipe at PM

The Congress chief also said 'BJP-vetted' questions was a superb idea, but the party should also 'consider vetted answers'.

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Updated:December 25, 2018, 9:49 PM IST
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'Vanakam Puducherry' is Modi's Answer to Struggling Middle Class: Rahul Takes a Swipe at PM
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. (Photo: PTI)
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New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ‘ignoring’ a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker’s question on the struggle of the middle class with the taxation policy, saying forget a press meet, the PM could not even hold a poll booth workers’ conference.

Gandhi was apparently referring to an incident that took place last week during Modi's interaction with booth workers from northern districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. He also said "BJP-vetted" questions is a superb idea, but the party should also "consider vetted answers".

The Congress chief cited a media report that claimed Modi faced embarrassing moments during his interaction with BJP workers from Tamil Nadu when a worker sought to know why his administration was busy collecting taxes from the middle class but not interested in taking care of them.

The report claimed that the Prime Minister chose not to answer the question raised by the worker during his video interaction and continued by switching to Puducherry.

Taking a jibe at Modi, Gandhi tweeted: "Vanakam Puducherry! That's NoMo's answer to the struggling middle class. Forget a press conference he can't even string together a polling booth worker's conference."

On reports that the BJP will filter questions from workers to Modi following the incident, Gandhi said, "BJP-vetted questions is a superb idea. Consider vetted answers as well."

The Congress president has been criticising Modi for not holding a press conference during his tenure. Earlier this month, Gandhi had posted pictures from a press conference he held and tweeted saying the Prime Minister should try one someday as it is fun to be asked questions.
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