PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi raise campaign pitch in Rajasthan

RSTV Bureau

PM Modi campaigns in RajasthanPrime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi are both campaigning in Rajasthan ahead of the December 7 assembly polls.

PM Modi addressed a rally in Bhilwara on the tenth anniversary of the 26/11 terror strike when 10 Pakistani terrorists sneaked into Mumbai, killing 166 people.

In his speech, PM Modi criticised Congress and accused it of having double standards towards terror.

“I remember the slightest criticism over the attacks used to rile the then ruling party,” Modi told the gathering in this textile city ahead of elections in the state on December 7.

The Congress, he added, taught the lesson of patriotism. But when the Army carried out a surgical strike by crossing over the border, the party questioned it and asked for video proof.

India, he said, will never forget the 26/11 terror attack or its perpetrators.

“Justice will surely be done, I want to assure the country,” he added while expressing solidarity with the families of those who lost their lives.

He also attacked the Congress for its alleged casteist remarks and said issues relating to the people do not bother the party.

“As the elections are approaching, Congress asks for my caste and are curious about my father,” he said.

On the occasion of Constitution Day on Monday, Modi recalled the stellar contribution of B R Ambedkar.

“We are proud of our Constitution and reiterate our commitment to uphold the values enshrined in it,” he said.

The prime minister also spoke about developmental work carried out by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

Rahul Gandhi campaigns in RajasthanMeanwhile, Congress President Rahul Gandhi went all out to woo farmers and the youth while campaigning.

Gandhi on Monday promised to waive farm loans in ten days if voted to power in the state and said the Congress chief minister will work for 18 hours a day to help the youth get jobs.

“You (people) are going to make Congress party’s government in the state. Within ten days of government formation, Congress will waive farmers’ loan in the state, he said while speaking at an election rally in Jaisalmer district’s Pokhran constituency.

Gandhi said he had made the same promise in Punjab and Karnataka elections and Congress governments there have waived farmers’ loan.

“You may call and ask any farmer in Punjab and Karnataka and check whether their loans have been waived or not by the Congress party. I do not make false promises. Whatever I, Sachin Pilot or Ashok Gehlot are saying from this stage, we will do that,” he said.

He alleged that PM “Modi waived 3.5 lakh crore of top 15 industrialists”.

“We will give loans of lakhs to crores of youths. We will give bank loans to youths to set up small business, factories and will ask them to give jobs to others”.

“The bond between you and me should be that of transparency. Many things can be done by truthfulness. Farmers’ loan can be waived off and schemes like MGRENGA can be introduced with truthfulness,” he said.

Gandhi also attacked the prime minister over the Rafale deal.

(With inputs from PTI)