Mumbai, June 13: Launching a scathing attack at the Modi led government at the centre, Congress president Rahul Gandhi stated that a grand alliance of opposition parties led by Congress would wipe out BJP in the 2019 polls. He said that a grand alliance represents an expression of the people and not only the political parties.
“It is the sentiment of the people and not just political parties which are opposed to the BJP, to have a mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) that can take on the BJP, the RSS and Prime Minister Narendra Modi,The whole nation is united against RSS and BJP,” he said at a press conference here.
“Prime Minister Modi and the BJP are attacking the Constitution and institutions of the nation,” he alleged, saying the question facing the people is how to stop this.
While speaking to reporters, the Gandhi scion also pointed to the financial burden on the common man due to hike in fuel prices.
He said the opposition has been asking Prime Minister Modi to bring prices of petrol and diesel under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), but “he is not interested.”
“During the UPA government’s rule, the crude price was $130 a barrel that has now come down to USD 70 a barrel,however, the benefit has not been passed on to the common man. Where does this money go? In the pockets of 15 to 20 rich people,” Gandhi alleged.
“There was an attack on Mumbai (through demonetisation). There are small industries, traders here… The leather industry and the cloth industry. They were attacked through the ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’. The whole country is sad. Small businessmen are sad and we are fighting for them,” Rahul said, who is on a two-day visit to Maharashtra.
Congress general secretaries Ashok Gehlot and Mohan Prakash, its state chief Ashok Chavan, Mumbai unit president Sanjay Nirupam and other senior leaders were also present.
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