A Day after praising him for the “surgical strikes” on terrorist launchpads, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Saturday made an emotional appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “promptly” extend all possible help to the family of a martyr soldier who are yet to get the promised compensation.
“Today morning, the father and brother of a martyred jawan Babloo Singh met me. They apprised me about the family’s plight. They are running around for compensation which they should have got from the government,” Rahul said.
Babloo, who hailed from Mathura, had lost his life while foiling an infiltration bid by terrorists in Kupwara in July this year.
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Addressing a “khaat sabha” in Tundla, Rahul said, “It doesn’t suit the country or the prime minister that Babloo’s family has to run around for help. Perhaps he (the prime minister) was unaware about this…”
“Modiji the jawan was martyred in July. His family feels they have been ignored and denied their rights. I urge you to help the family,” Rahul later said in a Twitter post.
“I want the country to honour the memory of the jawan who laid down his life in the line of duty,” he said, adding the prime minister should not only help this family but all such families.
After the appeal, he once again attacked the PM accusing him of “working” for “top class” industrialists.. “Modiji has waived Rs 1.10 lakh crore of 15 industrialists because they supported him during the election,” he said, adding “The Congress, during its regime, waived of Rs 70,000 crore loans of farmers”.
Interacting with people during his road show in Agra, Rahul said the NDA government was supported by the capitalists, who benefited most from its policies. He promised loan waiver, electricity at half rates and policies targeted to boost agriculture. Addressing a crowd at the gate of St Peter’s College on Wazirpura road, he said tax evaders were allowed to flee, and nothing was done for the farmers.
Demanding more pay for all three wings of the armed forces, Rahul said, “All three wings of the forces have rejected an offer given to them under 7th Pay Commission. Apart from the armed forces the paramilitary forces should also be given higher pay.”
Rahul along with state Congress chief Raj Babbar garlanded a statue of B R Ambedkar near Agra Fort. Rahul also garlanded a statue of Maharaj Agrasen.
After maintaining silence on Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party during his sabhas and road shows in Mathura and Agra, Rahul took a dig at both in Firozabad saying that while elephant (BSP symbol) eats everything wherever it goes, the cycle (SP symbol) was already punctured.
He said that it was the first time that he has seen a minister being removed for corruption and then taken back in Cabinet, within three days.
Earlier in the day, Rahul also visited Dwarkadheesh temple in Mathura