Picking up from where he left a day ago, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Friday took a second swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi in as many days – this time targeting him over the ambitious bullet train claiming that its tickets won’t cost less than “Rs 15,000” and “only Modi ji and his suited-booted friends” will travel in it.
“Modiji says he will bring a bullet train. The entire Railway budget is Rs 1.40 lakh crore and he wants to bring one train that alone will cost Rs 1 lakh crore. For whom is he bringing bullet train…what will be the cost of its ticket? It will not be less than Rs 15,000…and it will be for Modi and his suited-booted friends,” Rahul told a meeting of Congress booth level workers at the Ramabai Ambedkar Rally ground in Lucknow.
A day ago, Rahul had attacked PM in Parliament over rising prices of essential commodities and referred to him as “Arhar Modi” in an apparent jibe at the BJP slogan of ‘har har Modi, ghar ghar Modi” during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. “Whatever I said in the Parliament yesterday was for farmers, labourers, and women…I asked him to waive loans of farmers like he has done for the industrialists…He first tried to grab your land and now wants to snatch pulses from your platter,” Rahul said.
Accusing the PM of making “false promises”, Rahul said that unlike RSS, BJP, BSP or SP, whose workers believe in the politics of “lies”, Congress believes in the politics of “truth”. Taking a question on dearth of resources in Congress, Rahul said it was a reality his party does not have as much resources as BJP has “but it has lakhs of workers”. “Narendra Modi talks about corruption but how is his party getting this money, you have to think about it,” he added.
Pointing towards some workers who were taking selfies during the event, Rahul said that the mobile phones with which they were taking selfies, were not provided by the Modi government but were “Congress ki dein”. Targetting the PM over his Make in India campaign, Rahul sought a response from the audience asking how many of them have been provided jobs by the “babbar sher (Make in India logo)”.