Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar and accused them of not helping distressed people during the coronavirus lockdown, but seeking votes from them now.
Addressing an election rally at Bihariganj, from where veteran socialist leader Sharad Yadav’s daughter Subhashini Yadav is contesting the assembly polls on a Congress seat, Rahul Gandhi also slammed the two NDA leaders over job creation.
Rahul Gandhi said Nitish Kumar had promised he would provide jobs to the youth and “change” Bihar, but could not deliver.
“When youths today ask Kumar during his public meetings about the jobs he had promised, he threatens them, chases them away and gets them thrashed,” Gandhi alleged.
He also spoke on the issue of Minimum Support Price for maize and paddy and said the money that the farmers should be getting is actually going to the middlemen.
He alleged that Prime Minister Modi and Chief Minister Kumar did not help poor labourers and workers during the coronavirus lockdown, rather they got them “lathicharged”, and are asking for their votes now.
“If the prime minister of India had any place for farmers and labourers in his heart, he would have died but not done what he did during the lockdown. Entire Bihar knows this,” he said.
Speaking on the newly passed farm laws, he alleged that the PM has “cleared the way for new middlemen”.
“Not the smaller ones but the bigger ones — Ambani and Adani. In 2006, mandis were destroyed here and it is being done now across the country,” Gandhi claimed.
He said prices of vegetables and other edible items are shooting up because of these new agricultural laws as the grains produced here are going to the “bigger godowns” and being sold at inflated rates.
Praising Sharad Yadav, Rahul Gandhi said the veteran leader taught him a lot and was in a way a “guru” to him.
Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to address another public meeting later in the day.
The former Congress president had addressed two public rallies in the state on Tuesday.