The day he told Supreme Court his willingness to stand trial on his remarks against the RSS, Rahul Gandhi escalated his attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of practising “politics of vendetta” by “scrapping” projects in his Amethi Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Expressing his displeasure over the scrapping of a mega food park and a Hindustan Paper Mill project in Amethi and shifting of the Rajiv Gandhi IIIT to the main campus in Allahabad, the Congress Vice President said PM Modi was harming people of Amethi by scrapping development projects.
“Narendra Modi said he will not indulge in politics of vendetta but he is doing the same with the people of Amethi,” he said.
“There was no fault on the part of people of Amethi…Modi talks of development but he is harming them,” Rahul said, adding that projects that could have changed the lives of people here have been either scrapped or diverted elsewhere.
The Congress Vice-President, who is on a three-day visit to Amethi, once again targeted the ruling party and the Prime Minister in particular over the oft-repeated election slogan of bringing back the black money.
“He (Modi) made these promises not to the people of Amethi but to the entire nation but not a single person has benefitted by his promises of controlling inflation, depositing Rs 15 lakh in the accounts of each citizen and upgrading certain towns to smart city,” Rahul said.
Accusing the central government of stalling the works of the UPA government, he said though Modi moved about all over the world giving speeches, nothing is being done back home.
“Thousand of crores of rupees of loans of industrialists are being waived but not those of poor farmers,” he said, adding the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government wrote off loans of farmers totalling Rs 70,000 crore.
However, his trip to the family stronghold didn’t go as smooth as expelled PCC member Rajesh Pandey and his supporters staged a dharna against Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s representative KL Sharma here this morning.
Led by Pandey, the protesters staged a dharna at the Munshiganj crossing when Rahul was meeting people of his constituency at the Munshiganj guest house.
(With inputs from the PTI)