For the third day in a row, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi trained guns on the Prime Minister. After criticising the incumbent BJP government’s policies by using the oft-repeated jibe of “Suit-Boot ki Sarkaar” and newly coined “Take in India”, Mr. Gandhi claimed that Prime Minister is “scripting his own downfall” as he has “failed to fulfil” promises made to the people during the election campaign. The Congress vice president was addressing the party workers and member in at the Congress Executive meet in Mathura.
“He has promised good days to farmers. Now farmers are committing suicide. Wherever I go in the country, the farmers are abusing Modiji. They are not criticising but abusing. Youths are not getting jobs and despite making repeated promises thrice, OROP has not been given yet,” Rahul Gandhi said.
Stressing that the Prime Minister has not fulfilled his poll promises, Rahul said that Prime Minister Modi is “damaging himself” much more than Congress party could have inflicted on him. Invoking late Steve Jobs, the co-founder and CEO of the multinational technology company Apple, for his efforts to revive a floundering software company, Mr. Gandhi asked his party-men to work with unity and passion as a team so that they can fill the void that will be created after “exit” of Modi.
“Modi is damaging himself much more than we can together do to him. We have to make our place. Modiji is bound to go down but when he goes, we have to fill that space. You may keep on attacking Modi but Modi is attacking himself much more,” he said addressing his party meet in a state where it has been lying moribund for more than two decades.
He went on to tell party workers that everybody has “Congress DNA” in their blood and they need to motivate people to work and fight together. The party meet, aimed at addressing the organisational issues within the Congress party, assumes importance as it faces a stiff challenge to revive itself in much of the states in North India. Rahul Gandhi, who has been a chief campaigner of Congress party, has often been questioned by the Opposition over the drubbing principal opposition party got in last year’s general elections where it was reduced to paltry 44 seats, its worst electoral performance.
During his speech he once again attacked the RSS and its way of functioning.
“This (Congress party) is not RSS. Had it been RSS, (Mohan) Bhagwat would have come and told you that the sky is black and then all of you would have echoed that the sky is black. Decisions do not percolate from the top in the Congress party,” Rahul Gandhi said amid applause from his party men.
This is third time in three days that the Congress party vice president has taken on Prime Minister Modi and his government policies. Flagging off his party’s campaign for Bihar assembly polls, Rahul Gandhi criticised the latter by using his oft-repeated jibe of “Suit-Boot ki Sarkaar”, while on Sunday at Kisaan rally in Delhi, he chose to attack Modi government’s flagship ‘Make in India’ initiative by dubbing it “Take in India”.
(With inputs from the PTI)