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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Congress attacks PM Modi, says ‘Bada Modi snoozed, Chhota Modi escaped’

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 LIVE: Earlier, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday said that nearly 1 crore youths lost their jobs in 2018 alone under the Modi government and appealed people to fight an ideological battle against the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 21, 2019 8:38:27 pm
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Upping their attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the general elections, the Congress Wednesday accused Modi of snoozing when fugitive diamantaire escaped from the country. The reaction came on the heels of the arrest of Nirav Modi in London. In a tweet, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said Nirav Modi, who he referred to as “Chhota Modi”, was arrested after the Opposition party questioned “Bada Modi”, a term he has been using to target the PM.

Surjewala said, “1/1/2018-Chhota Modi escapes India after looting Rs 26,306 crore. 23/1/2018 – Nirav Modi poses with PM Modi in Geneva. Till November 2018 – He travels the world. 9/3/2019: Telegraph exposes Nirav Modi in London. Congress questions PM. 20/3/2019: Chhota Modi arrested. Who Snoozed? Bada Modi.”

Earlier, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday said that nearly 1 crore youths lost their jobs in 2018 alone under the Modi government and appealed people to fight an ideological battle against the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Addressing a gathering at Khumpui Academy Grounds in Khumulwng, 25 Km from Agartala city, Gandhi said, “1 crore youths lost jobs in 2018 alone. 3,000 people are losing employment every single day in the country now. There are 7.5 lakh unemployed youths in Tripura alone. Nothing was done for them.”

Meanwhile, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said on Wednesday that the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ or Grand Alliance in Bihar is intact and its candidates for all the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state will be announced after Holi, PTI reported.

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The delegation comprising the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly Vijender Gupta, party MP from South Delhi Ramesh Bidhuri and other leaders including Subhash Arya, Subhash Sachdeva and Rajiv Babbar submitted a memorandum against the "misinformation campaign" by the AAP through its call centres.

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"We demanded a strong deterrent action against AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal and other leaders," Gupta said.

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The Congress and the NC finalised arrangements for the six Lok Sabha seats of the state earlier in the day.

"The NC-Congress alliance is an eye-wash and a wake up call for Jammu," BJP spokesperson Brig (retd) Anil Gupta told reporters.

"The Congress has not only surrendered to the National Conference but also conceded to the pro-separatist, Kashmir-centric, communal and divisive agenda of that party," he said.

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Gandhi, while addressing a rally in Itanagar, said, “What is the need to shoot at your own people…If someone does not listen to what they say, they try to crush them. But they do not understand that they cannot crush India and the Northeast.”

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