Coming down heavily on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his call for a Congress-free Maharashtra, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi yesterday said that it is impossible to banish the Congress as the party's ethos and ideology are same as that of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Speaking at an election rally yesterday Rahul Gandhi said, “BJP leaders say that Congress should be banished from Maharashtra. But they should know that there is no difference between the ideology of Congress and the thoughts of Shivaji Maharaj, Babasaheb Ambedkar and Jyotiba Phule. How will you remove them from the lives of the people?
“At the time of Lok Sabha elections, Modi said he will make India strong, that he will teach Pakistan a lesson. Now when the price of the onion has shot up, they say everything will be fine soon. Pakistan is firing on our jawans, children are dying and they say everything will be fine soon. When will things be fine?” he questioned.
“Before Narendra Modi went to the US, a delegation of industrialists from there met him and pleaded to remove the cap on prices of medicines. A deal was reached behind the doors and now drugs for treating cancer that used to cost Rs 8,000 will be available for Rs 1 lakh. The money from your pocket will be directly transferred to the pockets of industrialists,” Gandhi alleged.
The Congress vice-president pointed out that industrialists earlier came and took away land for a pittance. Now the people get more than the market price. The industrialists are angry that they have to secure permission of the panchayats before acquiring land for their projects. The UPA government had brought changes in the land acquisition law for the benefit of the poor and adivasis, he claimed.
Listing the achievements of the Congress government in the state, Rahul said, “We constructed six dams in Dindori, the water from which is being used by the people of Nashik as well. We have made this region into an industrial zone, where 120 industries have started employing thousands of youths. We started the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme for the poor under which money for social sector schemes like the MNREGA is transferred directly to bank accounts.”
Rahul also slammed the Centre, accusing it of working for the benefit of industrialists at the expense of the poor.