Sagar (Madhya Pradesh), Nov 24 (IANS) In a taunt at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday asked: “how are all Modi-Modi,” as he mentioned names of fugitive economic offenders Nirav Modi and Lalit Modi.
Addressing a gathering in the poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, Gandhi also attacked Modi on petrol and LPG price hike in the recent past.
“Tell me how there are Narendra Modi, Nirav Modi and Lalit Modi in the country? How are all Modi-Modi,” Rahul said.
“Modi, who claims himself as chowkidar (watchman) refers to common people as ‘mitron’ (friends) but he called Nirav Modi and other fugitives as ‘bhai’ (brother).”
Rahul Gandhi alleged that the Prime Minister is providing benefit to a few industrialists.
“The oil prices are dropping all over the world. During UPA’s tenure, the price of petrol was 140 rupees per barrel (international market). Now the petrol price has been dropped to half. Currently, it is 70 rupees per barrel,” Rahul said.
Whenever youths of Madhya Pradesh fill the tank of their vehicles, the money of the petrol went to the pockets of fugitives including Nirav Modi, the Congress chief said.
He faulted Modi for going back on his promise to provide LPG to each woman of the country. The value of LPG has reached double its price, he said.
Attacking Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on filing a defamation case against him after he mistakenly named Chouhan’s son in the Panama paper issue, Congress President asked: “I have a question for Shivraj Singh Chouhan. When I spoke about Vyapam scam, e-tendering, dumper scam and illegal mining cases and named your wife and son’s involvement in these matters, why didn’t you file defamation cases against me?”
“It seems that there is something truth in them.”
Admitting his mistake, Rahul Gandhi said that instead of Raman Singh’s son, he named Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s son in the Panama paper matter.
He alleged that BJP Chief Ministers in every state were involved in corruption. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s son has taken money from the fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi while Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh’s son name has surfaced in the Panama Papers, Rahul Gandhi said.
He claimed that the government waived loans amounting to Rs 3 lakh crore of 15 industrialists but did not give any such relief to the farmers.
The Congress president attacked BJP for ordering firing on farmers in Mandsaur and said that farmers are paying insurance money but all the benefit has goes to insurance companies.
He reiterated that Congress, if elected, would waive all farm loans within 10 days of coming to power.