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‘Rearview driving’ by PM Modi causing accidents like demonetisation, says Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi said, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah is steering the state while looking ahead. “You can steer the nation forward only by looking ahead,” he emphasised.

Written by Johnson T A | Updated: February 11, 2018 7:30 am
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said “rearview driving” by PM Narendra Modi led to accidents like demonetisation and poor implementation of GST Rahul Gandhi at Gavi Siddeshwar Lingayat Mutt in Koppal, Karnataka. The Congress chief said the key problems facing the country are lack of jobs and problems faced by farmers, tribals, scheduled castes and the urban poor. (Express Photo)

By constantly blaming the Congress for problems in the country Prime Minister Narendra Modi is steering the nation with his eyes on the rearview mirror and is not looking at the future, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said in Karnataka’s Bellary district on Saturday. The Congress president launched the party’s campaign for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly polls from the Hyderabad-Karnataka region, where his party is considered to be on a strong footing, with a three-day tour, including public meetings and visits to religious centres.

Rahul told a gathering at Hospet, in Bellary, that “rearview driving” by PM has led to accidents such as demonetisation and poor implementation of GST. “Narendra Modi never spoke of the future when he spoke for an hour in Parliament recently. He never spoke of giving jobs to the youth, but spoke of what Congress did wrong in the past,” he said. “The country does not want to hear history. It wants to know what lies ahead.”

In comparison, Rahul said, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is steering the state while looking ahead. “You can steer the nation forward only by looking ahead,” he emphasised. The Congress is being cited as the excuse for all the shortcomings of the present government at the Centre, he maintained. Rahul said the key problems facing the country are lack of jobs and problems faced by farmers, tribals, scheduled castes and the urban poor. “You have to trust people who tell the truth and must not believe those who speak lies,” Rahul said, referring to a special status given to the Hyderabad-Karnataka region during the UPA regime.

“BJP leader Advani said (at the time) it could not be done. But we promised to do it — and where the region used to receive Rs 350 crore, it now receives Rs 4,000 crore,” Rahul said. Criticising Modi on the Rafale deal, Rahul said that the Prime Minister must provide answers on the purchase of the Rafale aircraft from a French company.
“We had given the contract to HAL, a public sector company making aircraft for 70 years. If Bangalore is standing on its own legs today, then it is HAL that has contributed to the city’s development. Modi snatched the contract from Karnataka and gave it to his rich friend,” Rahul claimed.

“Why did you snatch the contract and give it to your friend? Why did you kill the future of the youth of Bangalore,” he asked. The BJP government must clarify whether the defence minister and the cabinet committee on security cleared the Rafale deal, he said.  More than 70,000 people from the Bellary, Raichur and Chitradurga region attended the Hospet rally. Former BJP leaders from Bellary, Anand Singh and B Nagendra, who are now with Congress, were among the leaders who mobilised crowds.

Singh and Nagendra, who are being tried in several cases of illegal mining in Bellary for alleged acts during the BJP’s rule in the state between 2008-13 shared the stage with Congress leaders on Saturday, even as Siddaramaiah and Rahul accused the BJP government of 2008-13 of being the most corrupt.

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  1. F
    Face Reader
    Feb 11, 2018 at 3:24 pm
    Such a great democracy. Wow ! If hindu muslim, mandir masjid, Brahmin Dalit, north and south matter so much then what about the political philosophy of these politician ? In that case only the people of this country are made Pappoos by these politicians.
    1. G
      Feb 11, 2018 at 2:37 pm
      He doesn’t know anything.HAL was assembling Russian warplanes for India with complete ckd from Russia. It was never making planes.
      1. rashtravadi indian
        Feb 11, 2018 at 2:10 pm
        I like north Indian wisdom. They will always be itching to vote for a party that is not in power at center. Now, you vote for congress as BJP is in power. When UPA forms govt, you guys can vote for BJP again. Look at those Gujaratis like Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mewani. They are not happy that a Gujarati to become PM. They want Rahul Gandhi as PM. People are not happy if a Hindu is a PM as they associate him with some religion or region or a community and they develop hatred against that community or region. People do not have any issues if a Gandhi family member is a PM. People do not have issues even if an Italian becomes a PM. I am sure that people like Hardik, Mulayam, Mamata will be happy if a south Indian becomes a PM. They cannot digest the fact that a fellow north Indian that too a Hindu has become a PM. Despite the fact that all IT industries that provide huge employment were diverted to south Indian, north Indians still wants to support such governments. God bless norties!
        1. Tkr Nathan Thiruvoth
          Feb 11, 2018 at 12:55 pm
          When Modiji took the wheel and starting driving, India's stock in the world has risen like never before. Rahulji should stop making silly comments all the time about the PM and start talking about what his party 's policies and programs are and what's being planned for the future.
          1. Avishai Avi
            Feb 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm
            What corrupt criminal baghwas talking? Neech Modi destroyed Indian economy. India will not regains till another 50 yrs. Kill every bagwa terrorists who are supporting RSS and Modi.
          2. I
            Indian Abroad
            Feb 11, 2018 at 12:04 pm
            At least Modi knows how to drive. Pappu doesn't. Pappu can only ask questions and throw manufactured allegations, has no answers.
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