Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi his "freed the farmers" remark. While hitting out at his political rivals, Rahul Gandhi said that PM Modi and Nitish Kumar, who did not help distressed people during the coronavirus lockdown, are now seeking votes from them.
While addressing a rally at Bihar's Bihariganj, Rahul Gandhi said: "Modi ji says he has freed farmers as they can now sell their produce anywhere... Modi ji tell me, will the farmer go to sell his produce on an aeroplane? Or will he go by road? If he has to go by road, where are the roads in Bihar?"
Veteran socialist leader Sharad Yadav's daughter Subhashini Yadav is contesting the assembly polls on a Congress seat from Bihariganj. Praising Sharad Yadav, Gandhi said the veteran leader taught him a lot and was in a way a "guru" to him.
The Congress leader also slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and said that he had promised jobs to the youth and "change" Bihar, but he could not deliver. "When youths today ask Kumar during his public meetings about the jobs he had promised, he threatens them, chases them away and gets them thrashed," Gandhi alleged.
He also raked up the issue of Minimum Support Price for maize and paddy and said the money that the farmers should be getting is actually going to the middlemen. He alleged that Prime Minister Modi and Chief Minister Kumar did not help poor labourers and workers during the coronavirus lockdown, rather they got them "lathicharged", and are asking for their votes now.
Bihar voted in the second phase of state assembly elections on Tuesday. Voting in the third phase will take place on November 7 and the results are scheduled to be declared on November 10.