CONGRESS general secretary Digvijaya Singh Thursday said he would offer Rs 2 lakh to anyone “who has bought a cup of tea from Prime Minister Narendra Modi or has studied with him.”
Singh was addressing a gathering of farmers at Arni in Yavatmal district in a “Chai ki Charcha” programme organised by former Maharashtra minister Shivajirao Moghe. In the run-up to the general elections in March 2014, Modi had held a “Chai pe Charcha” event at the nearby Dabhadi village.
Moghe, who had lost the election from Yavatmal in 2014, had organised a similar programme last year too at Dabhadi.
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In the programme attended by many senior Congress leaders, Singh said, “Modi came to power promising remunerative prices for agriculture produce. Three farmers have died at Dabhadi since. Modi has not kept his promise.”
Singh ridiculed Modi’s claims of being a ‘petty tea vendor’. “I will give a cash reward of Rs2 lakh to any person who has bought a cup of tea from Modi. Even his educational qualifications are suspect. I will give another Rs 2 lakh to any one who studied with Modi. Poor educational qualifications don’t matter. What matters is the PM not speaking the truth,” he said. Singh also attacked the RSS, saying, “Modi has been trained to speak lies since childhood by the RSS, which believes repeating a lie makes it sound like the truth.”
State Congress president Ashok Chavan, MP Raj Babbar, ex-state president Manikrao Thakre, All India Youth Congress president Amarindersingh Raja Brar, his state president Vishwajeet Kadam were present at the programme.
“Modi got away with all his lies. He has fooled you once, but do not fall prey to his false promises again,” said ex-CM Chavan.
Defends Kamal Nath
Singh defended his party colleague and ex-minister Kamal Nath, who on Wednesday resigned as in-charge of the Punjab election campaign following allegations of his role in 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
“For the past 30 years, neither the then DGP KPS Gill nor the BJP raised this matter. But Kamal Nath has chosen to stay away from Punjab so rival parties do not get chance to divert attention from the major issue in the state,” said Singh.