[Forget fighter planes, you can’t trust such a man to buy vegetables!!! Modi is not fighting corruption Modi is corruption, Rahul Gandhi said. (Photo: Twitter/@INCIndia)]
New Delhi: Directly putting to test the nationalism and loyalty of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday recalled how the party leaders laid their lives and spent years in jail while those hailed by the Sangh were pleading for mercy.
“Mahatma Gandhi spent 15 years in jail and died for the nation. But, India must never forget that while our leader slept on the floor in jail, “their leader” Savarkar wrote a letter to the British begging for mercy and clemency”, Rahul Gandhi said in his concluding address to the Congress plenary session.
Stating that the Indian soil is drenched in the blood of Congressmen and Congresswomen who died for the country, Congress President said, “In Punjab alone, 15,000 Congressmen and women had laid down their lives for the country.”
Likening the BJP and RSS to “powerful and arrogant” Kauravas, Rahul Gandhi said the Congress, like the Pandavas, were designed to fight for the truth. “Centuries ago there was a fierce battle in Kurukshetra. The Kauravas were powerful and arrogant. The Pandavas were humble and fought for the truth. Like the Kauravas, BJP and RSS are designed to fight for power. Like the Pandavas, Congress is designed to fight for truth,” Rahul Gandhi said while asserting that “corrupt and powerful control the conversation in the country today”.
“Will India live a lie or will India have the courage to face the truth?” he asked.
Unleashing a scathing attack on Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership, Rahul Gandhi said people accepted a murder accused as the BJP president while they would not have done so if it was the Congress chief.
“They will accept a man accused of murder as the president of the BJP, but they will never ever accept the same in the Congress, because they hold Congress in the highest regard,” Rahul said, taking a veiled dig at BJP Chief Amit Shah over the Ishrat Jehan encounter and Justice Loya death case.
In his address at the party's plenary session, Rahul Gandhi once again targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Goods & Services Tax (GST), Demonetisation and Rafael deal.
“The name Modi symbolises the collusion between India’s biggest businessmen and the Prime Minister. Modi gives Modi 30,000 crores of your money and in turn, Modi gives Modi money for marketing Modi and fighting elections”, he said in a veiled reference to Nirav Modi and Lailt Modi – the two who fled the country after facing allegations of frauds.
Alleging that Prime Minister Modi personally changed Rafale deal and bought 36 aircraft for the same price that the Congress negotiated for 126, Rahul Gandhi said, “We paid Rs 570 cr per plane and Modi Ji paid Rs 1670 cr for the same plane. He paid 1100 cr more per plane. Forget fighter planes, you can’t trust such a man to buy vegetables!!! Modi is not fighting corruption Modi is corruption.”
Training his guns on Arun Jaitley, Gandhi said the finance minister and his daughter were hand in glove with crony capitalists. The Congress chief had earlier alleged that Jaitley’s lawyer daughter was engaged by Nirav Modi for legal work. “You can steal Rs 33,000 crore from the banks and the BJP government will protect you. Finance Minister will go silent because he and his daughter work for crony capitalists,” Gandhi said.
“Instead of acknowledging the challenges facing the nation, PM Modi diverts our attention away from our problems. We are being told that our problems only exist in our imagination”, he added.
Ridiculing the Prime Minister and BJP’s oft-repeated claim that India today is the fastest growing economy in the world, the Congress president dared them to go out and ask the youth in any city what they are engaged in. The answer, he suggested, would invariably be ‘nothing’. Millions of youth are jobless and are hopelessly looking for employment but the prime minister and his finance minister boast of fastest growth in the world, he exclaimed.
“Visit any shop and look up any fancy product, you will find it is ‘Made in China’. China is everywhere —in shops, in Doklam, in Nepal, in Maldives… if you are rich, you can make more millions by selling Chinese goods while the Finance Minister and his daughter work for crony capitalists,” he asserted.
"There are two visions before the world today- American and Chinese. My aim is to present an Indian vision to the world", the Congress President said.
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