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CONGRESS VICE-PRESIDENT Rahul Gandhi on Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of creating a divide among Hindu and Muslim communities to form the government at the Centre, and later forgetting them.
While addressing a khaat sabha in Ambedkar Nagar, Rahul told farmers that the country does not need the “anger” of either the Prime Minister or the RSS to progress. “It needs bhaichara (brotherhood), which Congress can usher in,” he said.
On the fifth day of his Kisan Yatra, Rahul told farmers that he was undertaking the yatra to “reverse” the slogan ‘Janta trast hai, Modi ji mast hain’. It would be ‘Modi ji trast hai, janta mast hain’, he said.
Targeting the RSS for allegedly not including women in its organisation, Rahul promised women reservation in both UP Assembly and the Lok Sabha. “There are no women in RSS. It is an organisation of only men. If they cannot give place to women in their organisation, how can they give them leadership roles in a state?” he said.
Having so far avoided targeting BSP and SP, Rahul on Friday said “while other parties also do not give proper place to women, in BSP, only one women was given importance”.
He also promised that if Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to waive loan of farmers, he would do so once his government comes to power. He claimed that the erstwhile UPA government had “waived their Rs 70,000 crore loans” even when the country’s economy was not “all that bright”. “Crude petroleum was being sold at $140 a barrel. Government had no money. Still, we decided to waive their (farmers) loans,” he said while speaking at a meeting in Ambedkar Nagar.
Again shifting his focus to the RSS, Rahul maintained that during the freedom struggle, while “Congress leaders preferred to remain in jail for 17-18 years, RSS leaders begged and wrote letters to Englishmen to release them”. Referring to the letters of Savarkar, Rahul said, “They wrote six letters from the jail seeking ‘maafi’. Our leaders did not beg before the Englishmen.”
Later, telling farmers that it was because of his and his party’s efforts that Land Acquisition Bill was passed, Rahul said: “When BSP was in power in UP, a woman in Bhatta Parsaul told me that one day, all of a sudden, her fields were transferred to a company without her knowledge… It is because of the Land Acquisition Act that farmers are now getting four times the cost of their land,” he added.
Earlier in the day, Rahul interacted with school students in Faizabad. When a girl student asked what would be his policy towards China if his government came to power, Rahul said he would try and be friends with China. “Indians have this quality, they can be friends with anyone,” he added.