Rahul Gandhi addressing rally (File Photo)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday claimed that it will be a "bye-bye" for Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 23. While addressing a rally in Bihar’s Pataliputra Lok Sabha constituency, Rahul Gandhi stated that PM Modi had carefully avoided speaking on the issue of corruption during campaign, but we have not allowed him to escape.
It is to be noted that RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav’d daughter Misa Bharti is contesting Lok Sabha Elections 2019.
Speaking in the poll rally, Rahul Gandhi attacked PM Modi for skirting questions on promises he had made like Rs 15 lakh in bank accounts of all poor and creation of two crore jobs. He further claimed that Modi would get a befitting reply from the people angry over his failure to fulfil promises made five years ago when votes in the current elections are counted on May 23.
Taking a dig on the interviews given by the prime minister, including the one to the Bollywood star Akshay Kumar, the Gandhi scion stated that questions and answers are choreographed to skirt the issue of his promises. “All that we hear from Modi ji these days are inanities like how he eats a mango and why he wears half-sleeved kurtas,” he added.
Repeating the slogan of ‘Chowkidar chor hai’, the Congress President said Modi must answer the questions we have been raising with regard to the Rafale deal. “Why he got the contract awarded to Anil Ambani, why he agreed to pay much more for the fighter aircraft than had been earlier agreed to and why Rafale would not be manufactured in India. He owes an answer to the nation on these counts,” he said.
“Modi has travelled the entire country for his campaign, addressing rallies with the help of tele-prompters. He has carefully avoided speaking on the issue of corruption. But we have not allowed him to escape. My challenge to him for an open debate on corruption still stands. He has been badly exposed and, on May 23, it will be a bye-bye for him,” Rahul Gandhi noted.
He also accused PM Modi-led centre of making Bihar a ‘berozgaari ka centre’ and charged the Nitish Kumar government in the state with failure to provide relief to farmers through measures like waiver of loans unlike in Congress-ruled states where it has been given top priority.
On the occasion, Lalu Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi and elder son Tej Pratap Yadav attended the rally. Other leaders of the opposition alliance like former Union minister and RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha besides ex-CM and HAM founding president Jitan Ram Manjhi were also present.