Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday mocked Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi while attributing a quote which he had never said.
Addressing a rally in Maharajganj, Modi mocked Rahul, asking his supporters if they have ever heard of anything called coconut juice.
“Yesterday he (a Congress politician) made a very big declaration… he said now he will extract juice from coconuts.. and after extracting the juice, he will sell it in England. The poorest of poor children know that you get water from coconuts. You get juice from lime, santre, mosambi… have you ever seen or heard of coconut juice? Maybe I am unaware but tell me… Coconuts are found in Kerala but he’s saying he’ll extract coconut juice,” Modi said.
BJP chief Amit Shah, too, repeated the same remark, seeking to mock the Opposition leader.
Ironically, Rahul actually said in his February 28 rally, “Here (in Manipur) you grow nimbu, narangi (oranges), pineapple… I hope that such a day comes that when someone in London drinks pineapple juice, they look at the box and see ‘Made in Manipur’.”
मोदी जी यूपी में झूठ का जूस निकाल निकाल कर पिलाने की कोशिश कर रहे हैं।
मोदी जी, सच का रस ही अलग होता है, आप क्या जाने! pic.twitter.com/Z5F4SrhoCA
— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) March 1, 2017
Further addressing, PM also claimed that the Bharatiya Janata has emerged victorious in the last five phases and that the remaining two will be a bonus for the party.
“People have made BJP victorious in the 5 phases that took place, you only have to give us a bonus in the 6th and 7th phase,” said PM Modi while addressing a rally in Maharajganj.
He added that the people of the state would take revenge against those who looted Uttar Pradesh in the last 15 years.
“I started Swachh Bharat Abhyan across India, but people of UP took it to another level by cleaning all dirt from politics in the state,” he said.
“Uttar Pradesh government’s website states ‘life in UP is short and uncertain, in this respect UP resembles Saharan Africa,” he added.
Sharpening his attack against the Samajwadi Party and Congress, the prime minister said their alliance would spell doom for the progress of the state.
“One has expertise in ruining the country, other has expertise in ruining UP. What will happen if they come together?” he said.
Commenting on the GDP growth rate numbers, PM Modi hit out at renowned economist Amartya Sen, saying the country has seen what the thought process of those from Harvard University was like.
“On one side we have those speaking about Harvard and on the other we have children from poor families working hard towards pushing the economy of this country,” he said.
Sen was critical of the government’s demonetisation drive that lead to the scrapping of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
The country’s GDP figures for the third quarter raised eyebrows among economists as the economy slowed down just by 0.4 per cent from the previous quarter. The figures released by Central Statistics Office overshot even the most generous estimates made by a few experts.