PURNEA: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday kick-started the party’s election campaign in Bihar, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being the chowkidar (watchman) of only “Anil Ambani and a few other rich people”.
Addressing his maiden election rally in Purnia, he said: “Others in world may be afraid of Narendra Modi, the BJP and the RSS, but I am not afraid of anyone of them at all. I talk only truth.”
Taking a jibe at the PM, Rahul said while Modi calls common people “mitron” (friends), he addresses Ambani, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and others like them as “bhai” (brother).
“All benefits and cash from the pockets of poor people are being put into the pockets of Anil Ambani and 15-20 other richest of country by the person who calls himself chowkidar of the people,” the Congress leader said, urging the youths of Bihar to bid goodbye to the Modi-led government and his “ways of chowkidari”.
He promised that a “minimum income line” will be fixed and a fixed sum will be deposited into the accounts of those who are below that line if the Congress came to power.
“Did Narendra Modi waive off the loans of farmers? Did he ever speak to you? Did he give a bonus to farmers reeling under debts? He did not do anything. If my party forms the government, I will waive off the loans of farmers, as our party has done in other states, within 10 days,” Rahul said.
Accusing the BJP of doing communal politics, the Congress president said, “I don’t spread hatred as Modi does in the country. I want to make India as a one India with all living together and in harmony with brotherhood. Let’s be ready to support me for this kind of new and vibrant India.”