Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday asked people of Assam to ask prime minister Narendra Modi how many jobs he created since he took over, and why he had kept state chief minister Tarun Gogoi in the dark while signing the Naga peace accord.
“When he comes to Assam for the election campaign ask him some specific questions to which he could not reply when I raised those in Parliament a couple of days ago. Ask him how many jobs he has created. Ask him why his finance minister has launched a fair-and-lovely scheme. Ask him why he had kept Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi in the dark while signing the Naga peace accord,” Rahul Gandhi said at a pre-election rally in Silchar.
He said he had nothing personal against Prime Minister Modi, but alleged that the latter had made personal attacks on him. “I respect him as a prime minister. But yesterday (Thursday) he made personal attack on me during his one hour and 15-minute long speech in Parliament. He made me listen to quotes from Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. I am not bothered. Carry on as much personal attack (on me) as you want, but before that answer my four questions,” Rahul Gandhi said.
The Congress vice-president, who claimed that the Congress would win the Assam assembly elections for the fourth consecutive time, also said that the BJP government at the Centre had removed Assam from the Special Category states’ list and curtailed funds for various schemes.
“Narendra Modi made numerous tall promises during the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign. But in reality he has only curtailed fund flow to Assam and removed its Special Category status. Look at the recent railway budget, just one new train for Assam. He had promised lakhs of jobs. Has anyone got one?” Rahul Gandhi asked.
Asking the people of Assam to reject the BJP and once again elect the Congress, Rahul Gandhi also ridiculed Narendra Modi and the BJP for its “achche din” slogan. “They talked about achche din. They promised to change the face of Assam. Look back, you will find that it was Congress which had given achche din. Wait for 2019, and we will bring back achche din by ousting the BJP,” he said.
Rahul Gandhi also repeated his complaint against the BJP and RSS of running the country from the latter’s headquarters in Nagpur. “They are running the country from the RSS office in Nagpur. They do not want flowers of various colours to bloom. The Congress stands for equal space for flowers of all colours,” he said.
Accusing the BJP of instigating one community against the other across the country, Rahul Gandhi said it (the BJP) would try to do the same in Assam too. “They want the people of the country to fight amongst themselves. They instigate people against people. They did that in Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. They will try to do the same in Assam too,” he said.