Spearheading the Bharat Bandh within the nationwide capital, Rahul mentioned the nation was “fed up” of Modi’s speeches and wished to listen to him on burning points regarding the widespread man “however the Prime Minister continues to be mute”.
In a sarcastic comment, Rahul mentioned Modi had saved his 2014 election promise of creating India one thing it had not been within the final 70 years because the economic system, farm disaster, crony capitalism and rampant corruption had been by no means as dangerous because it was since Modi took energy 4 years in the past. He mentioned: “The rupee has by no means been so weak in 70 years, petrol immediately is over Rs 80 whereas diesel is touching Rs 80. Modi whereas in opposition used to clamour about value rise however immediately he’s silent. Cooking fuel value has doubled to Rs 800, however Modi does not utter a phrase. Farmers are committing suicide however Modi is silent. BJP MLAs are discovered concerned in rape however Modi says nothing.”
“When questions are raised in Parliament concerning the Rafale (jet) deal, the Prime Minister is unable to present solutions,” he added. “The Prime Minister goes on giving speeches. Now the nation has grown drained. He says nothing about what the nation needs to listen to, what the youth wish to hear.”
The shutdown referred to as by the Congress and Left events in opposition to rising gas costs noticed representatives from Janata Dal-Secular, Trinamool Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Nationalist Congress Social gathering, Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD), Rashtriya Lok Dal, All India United Democratic Entrance, Revolutionary Socialist Social gathering and Aam Aadmi Social gathering becoming a member of the protest march in Delhi.
The Congress president spoke on the Ramlila Maidan within the coronary heart of the capital after hundreds of opposition activists and leaders, Rahul included, reached there strolling from Rajghat shouting anti-government slogans.
He additionally attacked Modi over demonetization and GST and accused him of making a rift between Indians on caste and communal strains. “Modi used to say what has not been achieved in 70 years he’ll do in 5 years. And really what he has achieved in 4 years by no means occurred in 70 years,” he mentioned to laughter. “Wherever you see, one Indian is combating with one other Indian, wherever Modi goes he provides beginning to a struggle… one faith with one other, one caste with one other, one state with one other.”
Rahul mentioned that whereas farmers, employees and small merchants had been dropping hope, the largest “15-20 crony capitalists” had been having fun with all of the perks. “Farmers’ debt can’t be waived however one industrialist may be given a present of Rs 45,000 crore. India’s youth ought to know that the cash Modi has given to his industrialist buddy doesn’t belong to him. The Rs 45,000 crore belongs to the youth and farmers,” he mentioned, with out naming any industrialist.
Pointing to how demonetisation destroyed the economic system, farmers and small merchants, Rahul mentioned Modi was but to elucidate the nation concerning the “actual purpose” behind the 2016 notice ban.
With a bunch of distinguished opposition leaders becoming a member of the protest, the Congress chief exuded the arrogance of a united opposition uprooting the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering within the subsequent common elections. “Right now all the opposition is right here on the dais. It’s a reflection of unity. The ideology is identical and all of us collectively will defeat the BJP.”
“The ache within the coronary heart of our farmers, youth and all the nation can be within the hearts of all of the leaders right here however it isn’t so in Modi’s coronary heart. We promise we’ll collectively drive out the BJP,” he added.