In his sharpest attack ever on Narendra Modi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday called the prime minister an “instrument of corruption”. Talking to reporters in poll-bound Meghalaya, Gandhi, when asked about the PNB scam worth over Rs 11,000 crore, said, “Narendra Modi is not against corruption, he is an instrument of corruption.”
— ANI (@ANI) February 21, 2018
Taking a swipe at the prime minister over disgraced businessmen Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya fleeing the country following accusations of fraud, Gandhi, later in the day, said Narendra Modi is a “great magician” who can make even democracy “disappear”.
”The prime minister is living up to this wonderful image of a great magician who can make thing appear and disappear at the snap of a finger. He has made many things appear and disappear effortlessly.
“Scamsters like Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi and Nirav Modi magically disappeared from India and reappeared in foreign lands out of the reach of Indian law. Modiji’s magic can even make democracy disappear from India very soon,” the Congress president told an election rally at Jowai in poll-bound Meghalaya.
@RahulGandhi: PM Modi had said that he didn't want to be the Prime Minister of the country but wanted to be Chowkidar. But now a new slogan has emerged from people of this country –
— Nagaland Congress (@INCNagaland) September 21, 2018
Earlier in the day, Gandhi targeted the prime minister over his silence on the PNB bank fraud case and Rafale deal. He said he is looking forward to the prime minister’s “sermon” on the corruption issues in his “Mann ki Baat” programme.
Calling prime minister’s programme aired on All India Radio a monologue, the Congress president said the country wants to hear him speak on billionaire diamond jeweller Nirav Modi and the Rafale “scam”.
“Modi Ji, last month you ignored my suggestions for your Mann Ki Baat monologue. “Why ask for ideas when in your heart you know what every Indian wants to hear you speak about? “1. Nirav Modi’s 22,000 Crore Loot and Scoot “2. The 58,000 Crore RAFALE scam. “I look forward to your sermon,” he said on Twitter.
Modi Ji, last month you ignored my suggestions for your Mann Ki Baat monologue.
Why ask for ideas when in your heart you know what every Indian wants to hear you speak about?
1. Nirav Modi's 22,000 Cr. Loot & Scoot
2. The 58,000 Cr. RAFALE scam.
I look forward to your sermon. pic.twitter.com/jp0AnLePtU
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 21, 2018
The Congress chief has targeted the prime minister over his silence on the multi-crore bank scam involving jeweller Nirav Modi, alleging that he has fled the country after protection from the “powers that be”. Gandhi has also been attacking the government on the Rafale aircraft deal.
In response to the prime minister’s suggestion for ideas for his January 28 ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme, Gandhi had urged him to tell the country about India’s plans on stopping rapes, getting the Chinese out of Doklam and jobs for the youth.
“Dear @narendramodi, since you’ve requested some ideas for your #MannKiBaat monologue, tell us about how you plan to: “1. Get our youth JOBS “2. Get the Chinese out of DHOKA-LAM “3. Stop the RAPES in Haryana,” Gandhi had said in an earlier tweet.
Chowkidar and his cronies are robbing our nation's wealth on all five: earth, sky, water, wind and fire. #ChowkidarChorHai @divyaspandana @JhaSanjay @RuchiraC @priyankac19 @INCKarnataka @INCIndia @HasibaAmin @Pawankhera @KPCCPresident @rajeevgowda @ProfCong @Jairam_Ramesh pic.twitter.com/kCEPVb0dgc
— AIPC Bangalore South (@BLRSouthAIPC) September 21, 2018