Addressing a rally in Jharkhand’s Palamu district on Saturday, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said that the NDA government won the Lok Sabha polls because industrialists angry with the UPA government donated money to them.
He warned that various progressive laws passed by the previous government would be diluted by the current one.
Rahul, who was campaigning for party candidate Bidesh Singh, said the UPA government had given a number of rights to the people. He cited the Land Acquisition Act, the Rights to Information and Food and the MNREGA to back his claim.
“When they saw this, the industrialists were angry. They gave thousands of crores to make sure Narendra Modi became Prime Minister. Rahul spoke in detail of the land acquisition law passed by the UPA government and pointed out that the landowner could get up to four times the market rate if his or her land was acquired.
“Now, one by one, all such rights will be taken away by this new government,” he warned.
Rahul told the audience that his party would fight for the people’s rights. “Your fight for jal, jangal (water, forests) is our fight, the Congress party’s fight,” he said.
The Congress V-P called the Union government a one-man show.
“He (Modi) says, give me all your rights and I will take care of your country… Ministers and MPs have no power. Modi and five-six bureaucrats have all the power in the country,” he said.
Attacking the PM’s cleanliness campaign, he said, “He (Modi) said achhe din aa gaye, then he gave you a broom and asked you to sweep.”