A day after the appointment of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as the Congress general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh (East), party president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday tore into Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his tour of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.
Gandhi is on a two-day tour of his parliamentary constituency and had said that would meet and discuss issues with people there.
Taking a swipe at PM Modi, Gandhi said unlike the prime minister, he does not lie on his promises.
“We had promised loan waivers and we implemented that, I don’t lie, unlike Narendra Modi,” Rahul Gandhi said.
Gandhi also promised to build a food park in Amethi, a project that was “halted” by the Narendra Modi government.
Earlier on Wednesday, Gandhi targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly shifting a number of projects out of Amethi and said his party would complete all pending works after coming to power at the Centre.
“I can give you a list of projects. About 40 food processing units were to be set up at the Food Park and it could have generated lakhs of jobs. By depriving Amethi of these projects, the PM has cheated the people of Amethi and Uttar Pradesh,” Rahul had said.
Training guns at PM Modi, Rahul questioned the Government’s demonetisation move and the decision to remove CBI chief Alok Verma when the probe agency decided to investigate the Rafale deal.
“Did you see any industrialist standing in queue during demonetisation? Only poor people stood in queue,” Gandhi said on Thursday.
He further said the BJP wanted the people to work for the industrialists and added that the saffron party only creates divide between Hindus and Muslims.
Questioning where PM Modi’s “achhe din” was, Gandhi said the prime minister only waived off the loans of industrialists. He further promised building factories near agricultural fields in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
Asserting that the BSP and the SP are enemies of the Congress, Gandhi said he respects Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav but maintained that his party will carve out a space of its own in the state.
Both SP and BSP kept the Congress out in the cold when they formed a pact in Lucknow earlier this month.
Riding high on confidence after the appointment of Priyanka and Jyotiraditya Scindia as general secretaries of UP East and UP West respectively, Gandhi said he has given them a mission to form the government in the state.
Priyanka Gandhi was appointed the Congress general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh (East) on Wednesday, a politically significant move ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha elections marking her formal entry into politics.
Priyanka will take charge in the first week of February. Her appointment comes as a major challenge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP CM and BJP’s star campaigner Yogi Adityanath in their home ground.
The Congress chief’s visit to Amethi is seen as a warm-up session for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The Congress chief is also scheduled to tour Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the states his party wrested from the BJP in the recent elections.