NEW DELHI/ JAIPUR: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took multiple pot-shots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the course of the day as the latter held rallies in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.
Just ahead of the PM’s visit to Agra, the Congress president taunted him in a Facebook post by highlighting the plight of a local farmer. In his post, hours before Rahul himself addressed a rally in Jaipur, the Congress chief reminded the PM how Agra farmer Pradeep Sharma had to sell his potato crop in distress after toiling hard for six months to grow it.
“Pradeep Sharma got only `490 for 19,000 kg potatoes. Modiji is coming to Agra today. Do you think he will talk about the woes of farmers like Pradeep or will he once again resort to false promises?,” Rahul asked in the post.
The post was aimed at picking holes in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s claims that it is sensitive to the plight of farmers, an issue Rahul never fails to flag in his rallies and has identified as one of the planks for the 2019 poll campaign.
Later, while speaking at the rally, Rahul hit out at the PM claiming that he was avoiding a debate on the Rafale fighter jet deal.
“You must have seen that the ‘56 inch-chested’ PM did not come to the Lok Sabha for even one minute. Defence Minister Nirmala sitharaman spoke for about two-and-a-half hours, and we dismantled all her arguments. But Modi did not show his face...” said Rahul
Keeping up his attack, Rahul said, “The president of France told me in the conversation that Modi had asked Ambani to give a contract. But, the 56-inch chest watchman ran away from the public court. He tells a woman, Sitharamanji, to protect him,” added Rahul.
With the Lok Sabha elections turning the corner, the Congress is going all out to drum up support. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won all 25 seats in Rajasthan hower the latest Assembly elections tilted in the Congress’ favour.