At Patna's Gandhi Maidan, Rahul Gandhi Rips into Narendra Modi

Rahul Gandhi making a speech at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Sunday.

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Patna: Speaking at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan before a large crowd while being surrounded by a dozen or so anti-NDA leaders, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday tore into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) declaring Prime Minister Narendra Modi had failed to deliver on his electoral promises and had encouraged cronyism in the government at a level never seen before in the history of independent India.

Patna: Speaking at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan before a large crowd while being surrounded by a dozen or so anti-NDA leaders, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday tore into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) declaring Prime Minister Narendra Modi had failed to deliver on his electoral promises and had encouraged cronyism in the government at a level never seen before in the history of independent India.

Speaking at the first Congress rally at Patna’s historical Gandhi Maidan after a gap of 28 years, Gandhi, the unofficial Prime Ministerial candidate of the Mahagathbandhan, said that while Modi was more than happy to give Rs. 30,000 crore to Anil Ambani and several crores to other industrialists like Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, he could guarantee only Rs. 6,000 per annum, or Rs. 17 per day, to the farmers of India.

“When Arun Jaitley is asked to waive the loans of farmers, he says it’s not in the NDA policy. So he can waive the loans of the industrialists but when it comes to farmers, he hides behind the ‘policy’ shield,” he said at the Jan Akanksha Rally that was also attended by the leaders of many political parties and state.

The Congress leader also took the Modi government to task on a number of other issues including education saying Patna University and Nalanda University were once the ultimate destinations for education but were now the ‘center of unemployment’ in the nation.

“The university cannot even hold exams or issue degrees on times. There are not enough professors in these universities. I want to ask the Prime Minister what has he done for Patna University in the last five years. He should also explain what has he done to improve employment scenario in Bihar,” Rahul Gandhi, the son of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the grandson of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and the great grandson of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, said at the Gandhi Maidan that was named after Mahatma Gandhi and not after any member of the Nehru family.

If the Congress came into power, it would immediately grant central university status to Patna University, he pledged.

Congratulating the Chief Ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh where Congress was able to uproot the BJP government in recently-held state elections, Gandhi said that the three Chief Ministers, immediately after assuming power in their respective states, waived loans to the farmers and set up food processing units to improve their profit margin.

Chief Ministers from the three states Ashok Gehlot, Bhupesh Baghel, and Kamal Nath were also present at the stage.

With the jury still out the demonetization issue, Gandhi ridiculed the move saying they (NDA) did not like the look of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes so they decided to declare them illegal forcing women to deposit their hard-saved money in banks and forcing others to surrender their money to the government adding demonetization was the world’s largest financial scam ever.

Gandhi assured the people of Bihar and the nation that this ‘NDA nightmare’ was about to end as voters were disillusioned and frustrated with the BJP policies that had put the nation on the brink of an economic and social disaster.

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