Coming in support of party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, the Congress on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government says one thing and does another.
“Whatever the Congress vice-president has said is true. Whatever he (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) is telling is not implemented. He has not provided employment to the youth; he has not brought back the black money and distributed to each family Rs. 15 lakhs. Even he has allocated less money for health, education and so many things,” Congress leader and leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge told ANI.
Kharge said Prime Minister Modi has reduced schemes like NREGA or generating employment. “So, we must see how this government is telling one thing and doing another. Therefore, what Rahul ji has said is right and we back whatever he is saying in the interest of the country,” he added.
Gandhi yesterday accused Prime Minister Modi of doing politics of vendetta by “scrapping” projects in Amethi , his Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
“Projects in Amethi which would surely have guaranteed employment to the people, were cancelled by Modi ji. He came to Amethi and said he will not do politics of vendetta. But the truth is people of Amethi are being acted against. Modi cancelled Hindustan Paper Mill, Mega Food Park Scheme and IIIT. He has stopped the Central School,” Gandhi said.
The Congress vice-president said Prime Minister Modi was harming the people of Amethi by scrapping development projects. “There was no fault on the part of people of Amethi…Modi talks of development but he is harming them. The projects that could have changed the lives of people here have been either scrapped or diverted elsewhere,” he added.
Gandhi said not a single person has benefitted by the Prime Minister’s promises of controlling inflation, depositing Rs. 15 lakh in the accounts of each citizen and upgrading certain towns to smart city. Ridiculing the Make in India campaign, Gandhi said, “The Babbar Sher (mascot of Make in India campaign) does not squeak even like a mouse.” He said not a single person got employment under it.
Accusing the Central Government of stalling the works of the UPA government, Gandhi said though Prime Minister Modi moved about all over the world giving speeches but nothing is being done back home. “Thousand of crores of rupees of loans of industrialists are being waived but not those of poor farmers,” he said, adding the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government wrote off loans of farmers totalling Rs. 70,000 crore.”
Gandhi vowed to fight for the interest of the people. “We are not in the government but we will fight for the interest of people on the roads, Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha… We know people face several problems like power and water scarcity,” he said.
Thanking his party men for their continued support, Gandhi exhorted them to vote for the Congress in the upcoming assembly polls in the state where it has been out of power for years so that it can work for development of the state as well as Amethi and Rae Bareli. He also dedicated to the people several road projects in Amethi.
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