Rahul Gandhi attacks PM Modi over Kirti Azad’s suspension

"The aam aadmi is groaning under unprecedented price rise. It is no achhe din (good times) for them. It is achhe din only for the Prime Minister," said Rahul Gandhi.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Updated: December 24, 2015 7:04:40 pm
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressing a meeting during his visit to Amethi on Wednesday. (PTI Photo) Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressing a meeting during his visit to Amethi on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)

A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party suspended its MP Kirti Azad on the charges of “anti-party activities”, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Azad’s allegations of corruption in Delhi and District Cricket Association. Rahul asked PM Modi to break his silence on the issue and order an inquiry into the allegations of “his MP”.

Rahul said that Narendra Modi is the prime minister of the country but because of his silence the public is losing trust in him. It is necessary that he orders an inquiry into these allegations to keep his pre-poll promises about acting tough on corruption, he said.

“When Modi ji was traveling for election campaign, he used to say ‘Na Khaunga, na Khanegunda’. Different scams are being reported but Modi ji, who had spoken these words before election is now silent,” said Rahul in Lucknow, while on his way from his parliamentary constituency Amethi to Delhi. Earlier, Rahul was scheduled to meet locals on Thursday morning in Amethi, but he had canceled his meetings and instead left for Lucknow early in the day.

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Referring to Kirti Azad’s allegations into scam in Delhi and District Cricket Association, Rahul said, “Now a cricket scam is being alleged but Modi ji is silent. His own MP said that there is corruption and there should be inquiry but Prime Minister Modi, who used to speak about going tough on corruption is completely silent today.”

Asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order an inquiry into the allegations of Kirti Azad, Rahul said, “He is Prime Minister of this country. People are losing their trust. He should order an inquiry.”

Rahul was on a two-day tour of his parliamentary constituency Amethi. On Wednesday, he had held separate meetings with the newly elected gram pradhan’s of his constituency and party workers. While addressing party workers in Amethi on wednesday, Rahul had told them that the Uttar Pradesh elections are a big opportunity for Congress. Rahul had also asked workers to undertake “padyatras” to highlight issues like price rise, BJP’s failure to bring back black money, unemployment and “how projects were being stopped in Amethi” etc.

Rahul to tour Bundelkhand soon to highlight farmers’ plight

On Thursday, Rahul Gandhi met senior party leaders including State President Nirmal Khatri and former State President Rita Bahuguna Joshi at the Lucknow airport. Sources inform that during his interaction with senior party leaders from Uttar Pradesh, Rahul asked them to launch a special campaign in the draught affected Bundelkhand region. Before leaving for Delhi, he told party leaders that he would personally undertake “foot march” in Bundelkhand and go village to village to meet farmers. Sources inform that while he praised former state president and senior party leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi for her extensive tour to villages of three districts of Bundelkhand recently, State President Nirmal Khatri assured that special campaign of the party would be launched in the region to highlight the plight of farmers.


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