Rahul Gandhi: If PM Modi cannot address issues of farmers and youth, he should say so; Congress will come and do it in six months
Gandhi, who arrived on a three-day visit to his parliamentary constituency Amethi, attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he was only changing the nomenclature of Congress-led UPA schemes.
LUCKNOW: Two months after the streets of his parliamentary constituency were seen flooded with missing posters of Rahul Gandhi and the initial administrative glitches, the Congress leader landed in Amethi on a one-day visit Wednesday.
Launching an attack on Prime Minister Modi and his government for faulty implementation of the GST, demonetisation, Rahul Gandhi advised the Central government to fulfil its promise of 2014 to create employment opportunities for two crore youth annually without wasting time anymore.
Rahul Gandhi even exhorted Modi to relinquish power and hand it over to the Congress party again if he was unable to handle the issues plaguing India. "I promise that the Congress party will put everything in place within six months," claimed the party vice president.
Rahul continued his tirade by charging the BJP with failing to sustain any mega project launched by its government. "Unemployment persists despite plans like 'Make in India' and 'Startup India'. The energy among the youth which can drive a nation ahead on the path of development has turned into frustration," he stated. He attributed the alleged failure of the Centre on all fronts to the alleged 'whimsical ways of governance' being followed by the PM.
"Ek din achanak Modiji ko lagta hai ki Swachh Bharat lagu hona chahiye aur phir sabke haath mein jhadu aa jati hai (One fine day, Modiji feels that Swachh Bharat Mission should be rolled out and then everyone is handed a broom)," Rahul said, adding that the ruling party never followed the democratic ways of policy making and had always ignored the involvement of people.
"Whatever we (the Congress) did, like food security or land acquisition bills, changed the course of the nation for the better," he claimed.
In a bid to claim credit for the GST, Rahul Gandhi called it the Congress's brainchild which was implemented by the incumbent government in a huff to hijack it. "The idea of GST was mooted by us. But our model of GST was very different from what the BJP has rolled out. We talked about one nation and one tax which didn't exceed 18%. But the BJP has complicated everything." He suggested the PM rectify the erroneous implementation of the tax system by addressing the interests of small and medium-level businessmen.
"Simplify GST and reduce tax in common interest," he said. Not sparing the Sangh parivar, Rahul accused the RSS and BJP of condemning schemes and plans launched by the UPA government. "Initially, Modi said that MNREGA was a waste, but later admitted that the scheme was beneficial to people," he claimed.