Rahul Gandhi takes on PM Modi with ‘badla politics’ in Amethi

Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured Rahul saying that he would look into the matter.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: May 8, 2015 4:50 am
Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi targeted the Prime Minister again Thursday, accusing him of revenge politics in Amethi rather than keeping his promise of change. The Amethi MP demanded an explanation why permission to a food park in his constituency was cancelled.

“The PM gave a 52-minute speech in Amethi ahead of the elections,” Rahul said. “I was impressed when he said he would follow politics and policies guided by badlaav, not badla (change, not revenge)… but that is exactly what he has done.”

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not present then. Rahul’s attack drew a reply out of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who told him, “I will have the matter looked into and personally inform you.” Government floor managers suggested it was the company engaged that had pulled out.

Outside Parliament, minister Smriti Irani, who had contested against Rahul in Amethi, hit back at him. “The food park was announced in 2010 (during UPA)… Eight extensions were sought for the project as it was not considered viable. But did the MP take even eight steps to make the project a reality?” she said. “As a person who stayed out of the country for 56 days, he is not aware how change is also touching Amethi.”

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Rahul had begun by citing a conversation with a farmer who wanted to know how a pack of chips made with one potato is priced at Rs 10 when a kilo of the tuber sells at Rs 2. “Aap bataiye yeh kya jadoo ho raha hein,” Rahul quoted the farmer as having said.

As BJP MPs, started interrupting him, Rahul told them, “Don’t worry, I am not talking about a suit, I want to speak on aloo,” a reference to the outrage his earlier “suit-boot ki sarkar” jibe had caused them.

Rajnath stood up to respond. “I too have lived in a village and was born in a farmer’s household,” he began. “You referred to jadoo. This jadoo is not something our government invented, it was your party’s government that invented this jadoo.”

Jyotiraditya Scindia  and other Congress MPs protested, some prompted by Sonia Gandhi. Rajnath also tried to correct Rahul that the price per kg of potato, rather than Rs 2, could become Rs 50 to Rs 75 when it becomes a pack chips. As BJP MPs and ministers tried to prompt him, Rajnath asked them to be quiet and let him speak.

About the food park, he said the UPA had given approval in principle in 2010 and assured Rahul the issue would be looked into.

When Rahul came out, he spoke to reporters, a routine since his return from his sabbatical. “The PM mentioned he is not going to do politics of revenge but silently this food park project was killed or an attempt was made to shut it down. I feel… it is bad for the credibility of the PM,” he said. He added the  PM spoke in public and “it does not (help) his credibility if he goes back on it”.

Reminded of Rajnath’s assurance, Rahul retorted: “There is nothing hidden that one needs look into. Either the project will be approved or it will be terminated. But let’s see. Let’s give them some time.”

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    AARAAM
    May 7, 2015 at 4:06 pm
    Today it was Rahul. Yesterday it was Sonia. Day before yesterday, it was Rahul's turn. Hence expect Sonia to ask questions after question-hours ( after12 O'clock). That is Rahul G's- and- Sonia G's time. These two combine well, and ask questions which they failed to answer in 10 years!
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      Vikrant
      May 8, 2015 at 2:26 am
      For 60 years the intelligent of India were voting for Congress. Look what we got and see where their leadership level now
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        Vikrant
        May 8, 2015 at 2:25 am
        Raul Vinci and his family has already done so multiple times. No guess who sponsors their trips. Modi gets business and good name for India from his visit, Raul Vinci gets ..... maybe some disease caught in the......
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          Vikrant
          May 8, 2015 at 2:29 am
          When did the farmer ask the question of jadoo to Raul Vinci? Certainly not after this election as he has spent more time in Bangkok, Bali and Alps then in India after loosing power
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            Kumar
            May 8, 2015 at 12:04 am
            While Crude Prices sunk to rock bottom(from $145 to $45), Modi ensured that his rich made enough profits without reducing the price of petrol, diesel. If you talk about farmers, he will immediately put glycerin in eyes and shed some crocodile tears (remember that performance for Advani in Parliament before swearing in) and to make bhakths happy, he will ask his media house to create few more photoshopped images. He is really interested in the Chip manufacturers, not in these silly potato makers.
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            Anurag Srivastava
            May 7, 2015 at 6:00 pm
            The Government of India has given addtional 10% funds to the State/UT Governments in the financial year 2015-16 based on the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission (set up by Rahul ji's party). Why can't Rahul ji blame the State Government of Uttar Pradesh on the issue of setting up of 'Food Park'. Are there not any other regions of the country which desrve Food Park. What was being done for the last 68 years.
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              Ashutosh
              May 7, 2015 at 8:23 pm
              So RaGa can you also tell countrymen how will the land be acquired for the food park ?
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                Paramjeet
                May 7, 2015 at 3:26 pm
                HE IS ONLY INTERESTED IN PERSONAL ATTACKS. IF HE DESIRES HE CAN AUCTION HIS KURTA PYJAMA AND SONIAS SAREE AND BLOUSE ND SEE HOW MUCH HE FETCHES? WHY FEEL JEALOUS. THIS FOOD PARK WAS ALLOTTED IN 2013 AND WHAT RAHUL WAS DOING ALL THESE TWO YEARS? UPA WAS IN POWER TILL MAY 2014. ACTUALLY HE IS A DRUG ADDICT AND IS ALWAYS DOZING IN LOKSABHA. IF NOTHING MOVES IN AMETHI ONLY HE IS TO BE BLAMED. HE HAS DONE NOTHING FOR AMETHI IT IS STILL A RURAL AREA. NO ROADS NO INFRASTRUCTURE. THE FACT OF THE MATER IS THAT THE PROMOTERS HAVE BACKED OFF AND HE IS UNABLE TO SATISFY HIS VOTERS IN AMETHI.
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