New Delhi, Aug 13 : At a rally in Karnataka’s Bidar, Congress President Rahul Gandhi continued his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale deal, rise in crime against women including rapes of minor girls in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Bhopal and alleged that Modi is not Prime Minister of the country but of 15 “super-rich businessmen.”
Reminding Modi that he is the PM of India , Gandhi said, “PM Modi, you are the PM of India, not the PM of 10-15 Indian industrialists.”
“On one hand, PM Modi waives off debts worth Rs 2.5 lakh crore for 10-15 large businesses, and on the other hand, he makes the people of India stand in lines in the name of demonetisation,” Rahul said.
Rahul Gandhi reiterated his earlier challenge to PM Modi for a debate on Rafale accusing PM Modi of lying to the nation and said, “I challenge PM Modi for a debate on the Rafale Deal. He will never accept this challenge, as he has been lying to the nation on the deal. Why is he running away from questions?” Rahul said.
“Make me debate with Modi on Rafale for as long as you can, for as many hours as you can… and he would not be able to speak for one second,”he added.
“One who committed theft could not look me in the eye,”he said, reiterating the party’s graft charges against the government.
Recalling the debate in parliament during the no-confidence motion against the government, where he spoke at length on the aircraft deal with France, Gandhi said, “He (PM Modi) could not look me in the eye. He looked everywhere but at me.”
Addressing a public meeting in Bidar in Karnataka, the Congress chief said, “Nirmala Sitaraman lied that the government cannot reveal the price of Rafale jets as there is a secrecy clause between India and France. But the French President told me in person said that price can be revealed if the Indian government wants to.”
Rahul Gandhi has claimed that there is no secrecy pact with France that stops the Centre from revealing the details about the Rafale jet deal, even though France gas contradicted the statement and said that there is an agreement that binds the two countries to protect the classified information provided by the partner.
Rahul asserted, “Anil Ambani was there with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in France when the Rafale deal was signed. Money and jobs have been snatched from the youth of Karnataka and given to Ambani.”
Rahul Gandhi further lashed out at PM Modi-led NDA government over the issue of women security and said, “PM Modi did not say even one word on the rapes in UP or the rapes in the Bihar shelter home. He is busy protecting his leaders accused of rapes,PM Modi brought in the slogan of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. What he didn’t tell is from whom to save our daughters.”
“PM Modi promised two crore jobs every year and now asks the youth to make ‘pakodas’. He also promised to provide gas connections, and now talks about using gas from the gutter.”
Ahead of the 2019 Lok Saha polls, the Congress has decided to take on the NDA government over the issue of corruption by launching a public campaign that aims to highlight the recent bank scams, Rafale deal and the state of the Indian economy.