Rahul Gandhi takes dig at PM Modi: foreign tours will not benefit India

On 2-day visit to Amethi, Cong vice-president asks workers to ‘expose BJP, SP’

Written by Maulshree Seth | Amethi | Updated: December 24, 2015 1:04 am
Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Modi Russia visit, Narendra Modi foreign trips, Rahul Gandhi Modi, BJP Congress, Samajwadi Party, Lucknow news Rahul Gandhi arrives at Lucknow airport on Wednesday. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ‘failing to bring achhe din’, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday took a dig at the PM over his frequent foreign tours, saying such trips would not benefit India.

In Amethi for a two-day visit — Rahul last visited his parliamentary constituency four months ago — the Congress leader asked workers in the state to “expose both the BJP and Samajwadi Party” through padyatras and public meetings.

“Modi government had promised achhe din. Achhe din to aaye nahi, bure din aa gaye,” Rahul said at a roadside meeting. “These ‘good days’,” he claimed, “have only come for the PM and not the common man.” The comments came hours after the PM left for a two-day Russia visit.

“The PM travels abroad regularly, but people in those countries are clever. These tours will not benefit India,” Rahul said at a meeting with nyaya panchayat chairpersons here. Modi interacts with industrialists but the meetings have “nothing to do with the common people”, he added. “The poor do not have place in schools and colleges and only certain industrialists are flourishing,” he alleged.

Rahul also hit out at Modi over price rise, saying the Centre has not only been unable to control inflation, it has cut MGNREGA funds and not implemented the food security scheme.

He also told workers that the 2017 Assembly elections would be “very significant for the party”. “It is a big opportunity for us. If we come to power in UP or if we can strengthen ourselves here, it will benefit workers. So you should start reaching out to the public.”

Within an hour of his reaching Musafirkhana area, some farmers blocked the road, asking Rahul to “establish Samarat cycle factory or return our land”.

During his address to newly elected gram pradhans, Rahul invoked his father, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, for ushering in the “telecom revolution” and strengthening panchayats. Citing the Land Acquisition Act of UPA government and recent amendments proposed by the Modi government, Rahul said the current regime has taken away all the powers from the pradhans that the Congress government had given them.

Telling pradhans he was “sad” at the projects in Amethi being stopped, Rahul asked farmers of the district to “start raising your voice against the stopping of projects like food park and paper mill”.

The Congress leader was more aggressive in Musafirkhana. “Before Bihar polls, Modi had promised packages but now he has forgotten about Bihar, as if the state does not even exist,” he said. On the Centre’s Make In India campaign, Rahul told workers to ask from people if “the babbar sher has brought any employment to them”.

Asking workers to start preparing for elections, Rahul, in a closed-door meeting later, asked office-bearers to be “cautious of the BJP’s approach before elections to incite violence”.

With PTI inputs

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