RAE BARELI: Escalating his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “making hollow promises”, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said PM offered loans to liquor baron and “thieves” like Vijay Mallya but imposed difficulties upon farmers and small traders.
“Modiji makes false promises. He remembers farmers and the poor only during elections,” Rahul said in an election rally in Congress strong hold Rae Bareli.
Accusing Modi of offering loans to and liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who has a debt of Rs 1,200 crore and staying in London, Rahul said, “Modiji gave loans to thieves like Mallya but imposed difficulties upon farmers and small traders through his note ban decision”.
Addressing a gathering in presence of his sister Priyanka Gandhi, Rahul asked PM to show where are the promised achche din.
“PM had promised to change Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency and vowed to clean Ganga, set up a Bhojpuri film city and provide free internet but nothing has been done. He made hollow promises,” he said.
“Modi showed a movie, Shahrukh Khan’s DDLJ, promising achche din in 2014. Two-and-a-half years later, we witnessed the arrival of Sholay’s Gabbar Singh,” he added.
Rahul reiterate that Modi doesn’t need to form government in Uttar Pradesh in order to waive off the loans taken by farmers.
“Modiji said he’ll waive of loans of farmers if BJP voted to power in UP. During UPA government, we also waived off their loans. Was Congress in power in UP at that time?,” he said.
Accusing PM of taking “revenge” from the people of Rae Bareli, Rahul said Modi snatched food park project from the Lok Sabha constituency of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
“Rail factory has been put on hold, food park project and employment has been snatched from Rae Bareli,” Rahul said, adding that it was done to take revenge from people.