Launching an offensive against the Prime Minister over price rise, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said after coming to power Narendra Modi has not said anything on the issue and demanded that he give a date by when the prices of pulses will come down.
"You may make as many hollow promises as you want, but give us a date by when the prices of daal will come down," Gandhi said in Lok Sabha during a debate on price rise.
Highlights of Rahul Gandhi's speech in Lok Sabha:
# PM Modi has not employed even one person under Make in India.
# PM should give a date when prices of potatoes, pulses will reduce.
# There is a new slogan that people are chanting now which is "arhar modi, arhar modi, arhar modi".
# I want to remind the PM about promise he made to every Indian where he said that BJP will control price rise after coming to power.
# PM did not talk once about price rise, or about pulses, potatoes,tomatoes; Today difference between MSP & market price is 130.
# You can make false claims on Startup India, Make in India but not on rising prices.
# I want to remind PM Modi about a promise he made to every Indian, and now has forgotten.
# Narendra Modi can make false claims on Startup India and Make in India but not on rising prices.
# During UPA government, difference between MSP & market price was Rs 30,but now the difference is Rs 100.
# There is a difference of Rs 130 in MSP and market price of Toor Dal now. Where are these 100 Rs going?
In his first major intervention in the monsoon session, Gandhi said the price of pulses and vegetables have gone over the roof after the NDA came to power and the farmers have not been able to get any benefit of the steep rise in the price of these commodities.
Recalling Modi's speech at a poll rally in Himachal Pradesh in February 2014, Gandhi said while attacking the then UPA government over the issue, he had said said that 'ma- bachche raat raat rote hain, aasoon pee ke sote hain' (mother and child cry the whole night and sleep drinking the tears).
"What a dialogue," Gandhi said thrice, taking a dig at Modi who was not present in the House.
"I want to remind the Prime Minister of the promises he made to the people of the country during the poll campaign, which Modiji does not talk about now and has forgotten. He had also promised that when the BJP government comes to power, it will bring down the prices," Gandhi said.
Listing out the prices of vegetables and pulses, Gandhi said in 2014, the price of tomato was Rs 18, which has shot up to Rs 55 in 2016. Urad and tur dal, priced at Rs 70 and 75 in February 2014, has gone up to Rs 160 and Rs 180 this month.
He said there was a gap between the minimum support price for tur dal given to the farmers was Rs 45 whereas its price in the market was Rs 75. Now, the MSP has risen to Rs 50, but the price of the pulses was now Rs 180.
"So, there is a gap of Rs 130 in the NDA government. Where is this Rs 100 going," Gandhi asked.
"During elections, Modiji had said 'make me a chowkidar' (watchman). Now, there is a theft of dal under the very nose of the chowkidar. But the chowkidar has not uttered a word. He is mum. ... Now he has become a big person. Leave that job of chowkidari to the Congress," Gandhi said.
In reference to a BJP slogan 'Har Har Modi' used during the Lok Sabha polls, he said "now people are saying 'Arhar Modi'."
Taking a jibe at the NDA's second "happy birthday" celebrations, the Congress Vice President said the Prime Minister did not even utter a single word about rising prices during this event and sought to know why he did that.
Accusing the government of waiving off Rs 52,000 crore of the corporates, Gandhi asked what benefit the government has given to the farmers and housewives of the savings amounting Rs 2 lakh crore it has made from the slump in the crude prices.
He also questioned the NDA's flagship programmes like Make in India, Stand Up India and said "the 'Make in India' programme has not got given a single job to the youth."
(With Agencies input)