Rahul Gandhi fires fresh salvo at Modi

The Cong chief alleges that PM snatched money away from the poor and handed it over to industrialist

Amethi : Firing a fresh salvo at the prime minister over the Rafale jet deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday charged that the country’s “chowkidar” Narendra Modi snatched money away from the poor and handed it over to industrialist Anil Ambani.

Gandhi also asked the prime minister for answers on several issues relating to the Rafale jet fighter deal with France.

“The chowkidar of the country has taken out Rs 20,000 crore from the pockets of the poor, martyrs and the jawans and put it in the pocket of (Anil)Ambani,” Gandhi said at a meeting in the Jais area of his Lok Sabha constituency.

 The Congress chief arrived here on a two-day visit, the first after his Kailash Mansarover pilgrimage, and said the people of the country want to know the amount involved in the Rafale deal.

 “Why was the price not disclosed… how was the contract given to(Anil) Ambani… serious charges have been levelled by former French president Francois Hollande,” he added.

Recalling that during a debate in Parliament on the Rafale deal, “The prime minister could not look me in the eye. PM gives speeches but no answers… he does not have the courage to give reply.”

“Under the BJP government, the farmers and poor are crying…the present government is providing all benefits to a selected five to ten people,” he said, alleging people like Anil Ambani, Vijay Mallya and Lalit Modi are getting all benefits.

The Reliance Group, in a statement quoting Ambani’s letter to Gandhi last month, had said, “Allegations of Reliance benefitting by thousands of crores is a figment of imagination, promoted by vested interests.”

French company Dassault, which is supplying the fighter jets, has entered into a joint venture with Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Defence to meet its offset obligations to create business for Indian firms, following the Rafale deal.

Escalating his tirade against the Modi government on the Rafale issue, Rahul said the contract worth thousands of crores of rupees could have provided jobs “to youth of Amethi, to engineers…it could have given employment to thousands of youth…aircract with French technology would have been made in India…the nation would have benefitted from it.”      “The deal worth thousands of crores, which could have benefitted the youth and the country, was given to an industrialist,” he said.

Cong fuelling Pak attack on India: BJP

New Delhi: The BJP on Monday accused the Congress of fuelling Pakistans attack on India over the controversial Rafale deal and claimed there was a “design” between the Congress and Pakistan whose aim was to remove Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Addressing a media conference here, Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman Sambit Patra referred to remarks by Pakistani politicians who used Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s tweets to mount their attack on India.

Rahul a directionless leader: Javadekar

Jaipur: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar Monday termed Rahul Gandhi as a “directionless leader” and said the Congress chief and his party have no hope to return to power therefore they were trying to create a campaign on the basis of lies and speculations against the BJP government. The senior BJP leader said Gandhi has no facts and evidence against government over the Rafale deal.

Oppn suffering from ‘Modi phobia’: Shah

Puri: BJP President Amit Shah criticised the opposition parties, including the Congress, on Monday saying they suffered from “Modi phobia” and did not have any agenda for the country’s development. All partners of the BJP in the NDA on the other hand are united and serious about transforming India as the number one country in the world, Shah said.

Hitting out at the Naveen Patnaik’s BJD government in Odisha, he said it is responsible for backwardness and poverty in the mineral-rich state.

Its ouster from power is certain in the 2019 election, he told a women’s meeting here.

“I want to tell the people that the Congress and all opposition parties are working together for breaking India while (prime minister Narendra) Modi-ji is busy in making India,” he said.

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