RAIPUR: On the last day of campaigning for the first phase of polls in Bastar region on Saturday, the Congress president Rahul Gandhi trained his gun on the Raman Singh government citing its failure on providing jobs and corruption in Chhattisgarh and said the BJP government promoted "outsourcing (of jobs) for its own people".
"The BJP government's performance on providing employment is zero. On the formation of the Congress government, we will put an end to outsourcing and the inhabitants of Chhattisgarh will only be eligible for jobs here", Gandhi asserted while addressing a poll rally at Kondagaon about 230 km south of Raipur.
"We have lost our top leaders in the Maoist attack. In previous elections the people of Bastar supported the Congress but we couldn't form the government but now the Congress is going to secure the people's mandate", he said. The Congress chief said that the BJP is into the frivolous campaign on Naxal issue.
Launching a tirade against the PM Narendra Modi, he said, "Chowkidar does not talk about corruption, employment, Gabbar Singh Tax (GST). He only makes false and unfulfilled promises. I am not here to assure with hollow pledges but to make a long-term relationship with you people", he said at Jagdalpur, about 300 km from Raipur, at the same venue of Lalbagh ground where the PM addressed an election rally on Friday.
While accusing Modi and Raman government of engaging in crony capitalism, he again accused Modi of corruption in Rafale fighter jet deal. The Congress president promised that his government will create food processing plant in every district where the farmers will not just the right price of their produce but lakhs of local youths will also get employment.
"We will make Chhattisgarh like the state of Punjab and Haryana which is known to supply foodgrains to the country", he opined.
He assured the farmers and tribals that their lands will not be taken without their consent. "Raman Singh government takes away lands of tribal farmers without asking them. But we will bring a new law that if the industry for whom the land is being acquired from the farmers fails to commence their production within 5 years, the land would be returned to the farmers", he said and further added that Congress government will return the land of the tribals acquired for the project of Tata Steel plant, which couldn't be take-off, at Lohandiguda in Bastar.
Rahul alleged that the Raman Singh government didn't act against the chit-fund companies that duped Rs 5000 crore of the investors. "60 people died, 310 FIR but no action taken. In PDS Rs 36000 crore was embezzled", he said.