Congress President Rahul Gandhi, speaking at a rally in the poll-bound Rajasthan, landed in a controversy by calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a ‘chor (Thief)’ while lashing out at the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) for the GST.
Speaking about Modi not responding to his allegations over the controversial Rafale deal, Rahul said, “Gali gali mein shor hai, Hindustan ka chowkidar chor hai (There is noise everywhere, the country’s guard is a thief).”
“PM Modi handed over the deal for Rafale aircraft to Ambani, who has never made an aircraft in his entire life. The Prime Minister did not even consult the Defence Minister before ensuring that the Rafale contract went to Ambani,” Rahul Gandhi said while speaking in Dungarpur.
During his second visit to the state ever since he held a road show last month, Gandhi hit out at PM Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal claiming the deal has meant aircraft were to be purchased at almost three times their actual price.
As PM Modi frequently refers to himself as a chowkidar, a guard, of the country, the Congress has often ridiculed his statements saying Modi is a participant in the corruption in the country.
“Fifty thousand people get employed in China every 24 hours. There are 50,000 employment opportunities in China every 24 hours. We want to see a day that when you see behind your phone, it has ‘Made in Rajasthan’, ‘Made in Dungarpur’ written on it,” Gandhi said.
On Winning Elections
Rahul Gandhi also praised Rajasthan party leaders for showing unity before the elections scheduled for the end of the year. He referred to a photograph of state Congress president Sachin Pilot and former CM Ashok Gehlot riding a bike together.
“When I saw that photograph in the newspaper, I was convinced Congress would win the elections this time,” Rahul said.
On GST And Tax
Gandhi said the demonetisation of high-currency bank notes and the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which he called the ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’, broke the back of common people and the small businessman.
“We had proposed a one country, one tax system but the prime minister levied a multiple-layer tax system. The Congress government will change it to a single-layer tax system, if voted to power,” he said.
His comment drew angry reactions
His views drew angry reactions from the BJP party, with Smriti Irani lashing out at Rahul for irresponsible comments. The Textiles minister said, “Rahul Gandhi has less regard for the position of the Prime Minister of India, let alone the person. I think that, the desperation of the ‘Clown Prince’, as Mr. Jaitley calls him, to attract attention to himself at the cost of the Prime Minster’s name is obvious to everybody.
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Source- NDTV, IndiaToday.in , Internet , Republicworld.com