Chambal, Oct 15: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that the country is not run by one person, the farmers, small businesses, youth collectively this country.
Addressing a gathering in Datia, Gandhi targeted the Narendra Modi government over a range of issues from Farmers to Rafale.
“During UPA government, loans worth Rs 70,000 crore of farmers were waived off. Whereas Narendra Modi govt in last 4 years waived off loans worth Rs 3,50,000 Crore of only 15-20 rich industrialists”, he said.
Continuing his attack Congress leader further said that “I have personally appealed to PM Modi to waive off loans of farmers. Before farmers used to get bonus or compensation for crop loss. But the Prime minister was silent”.
“In last 70 years, India has progressed in such a way that former US President Barack Obama says that India is one of the main competitors of USA. This is the contribution of farmers, small businesses, youth and women”, Gandhi stated.
“Yet, PM Modi in his August 15th speech says that there was no progress until he arrived. This is an insult to the people who have contributed their sweat and blood for this nation”.
Gandhi also hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party over rape case in which Unao MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar is accused. He asserted ” PM Modi gave a nice slogan- ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, but in UP when a BJP MLA is accused of rape, no action is taken against him. Instead, protect the accuser. In reality ‘Beti Padhao’, and protect them from BJP’s MLAs”.
On controversial Rafale fighter jet deal, he said “HAL has protected the country for last 70 years by manufacturing various fighter aircrafts. But Modi govt snatched the Rafale deal from HAL and gave it to Anil Ambani who had no experience”.
Gandhi started his two-day visit of the Gwalior-Chambal region in the poll-bound state by offering prayers at the Pitambara Peeth temple in Datia.
The Congress President landed in Gwalior by a special plane and went to the Pitambara Peeth. He was accompanied by Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia.