BHOPAL: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his ‘wrong policies’ and ‘mistakes’ which, he claimed, resulted in the volatile situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Rahul made the statement during his campaign trail in Madhya Pradesh's Malwa-Nimar region on Monday. He began the two-day tour to the BJP's citadel by addressing public meetings in Ujjain and Jhabua districts, before embarking on a road-show in Indore.
"Wherever PM Modi goes, he speaks about the surgical strike. But what has he actually done for those who conducted the surgical strikes? His wrong policies and mistakes have made Jammu and Kashmir burn and open the doors for terrorists," Rahul said at a public meeting in Ujjain after offering prayers at the Mahakaleshwar temple.
"Two days ago I met a group of ex-servicemen. They told me that Modiji promised us One Rank, One Pension (OROP) before coming to power owing to which they put faith in him. Now, he (Modiji) claims that he has implemented the OROP, but he hasn't done it, the ex-servicemen told me," the Congress chief said.
"The same ex-servicemen told me that doors have been open for terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir and it's not any Indian politician or the PM who is getting martyred there. Instead, it's our jawans who are losing their lives daily. Jammu and Kashmir is on fire owing to the mistakes of Narendra Modi," he asserted.
Reiterating his party's resolve to waive off farmers' loans, the Congress chief assured the people of waiving off farm loans within 10 days of coming to power in the state. "We don't make false promises, as, within 10 days of coming to power, the chief minister of our party will waive off the loans of farmers."
Holding the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government guilty for the closure of textile industry in the Malwa region, the Congress leader said that instead of helping the industry to compete with Chinese products, the BJP government allowed the factories to shut down. "Even Bangladesh has now gone ahead of us in textiles. Let our party return to power. The closed textile industry will be revived and the unemployed youth will get jobs."
He also announced setting up food processing units in every nook and cranny of Madhya Pradesh and exporting fruits and vegetables to all parts of the world, including the US and Europe.
Alleging rampant corruption under the BJP rule, Rahul said "BJP often talks about religion, but corruption is the party's religion in reality. The pyramid of corruption starts from the level of Narendra Modi and ends at the level of Shivraj Singh Chouhan government and BJP legislators. Even if commoners have to get a small work done, the BJP-RSS people will take out money from their pockets."
"Even the Mahakumbh (in Ujjain) wasn't spared when it came to corruption. The state government spent `400 crore for cleaning the Kshipra river, but what was the result? The water of the same river if given to a minister will make him unconscious," Rahul said, showing a bottle full of murky water.