Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government of showering benefits on the “rich people” but doing nothing for the farmers.
Addressing a gathering of Other Backward Classes (OBC) supporters of the Congress party in New Delhi, the 47-year-old claimed that India was being run by two-three people of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
“The BJP’s strategy is to provide all benefits just those 15-20 rich capitalists who give thousands of crores to PM Modi,” he said, adding, “Today, our nation has become a slave of 2-3 BJP leaders and RSS.”
“Everyone, including the Members of Parliament, is afraid to speak. Most of them are not allowed to speak. And the BJP does not listen to those who speak. Only RSS is given a hearing,” asserted Gandhi.
“People with skills are not rewarded in India … farmers work hard but you don’t see them in the office of Modi ji,” he said.
He claimed that while the government continued to ignore the concerns of farmers, the small group of industrialists had got loan waivers amounting to nearly Rs 2.5 lakh crore.
“People who really work are confined to the back room, but the profit of their labour is enjoyed by someone else,” he said.
Stating that the OBC communities had no dearth of skills but they lacked capital, Gandhi asked, “Why are the banks not open to our farmers and small businesses?”
He claimed that the non-performing assets of banks have gone up to Rs 1,000 crore.
Challenging the government’s claim that there was a lack of skills in India, Gandhi said the authorities had failed to recognise that people, including OBCs, did not lack skills.
Gandhi assured the gathering that the Congress will give them what they deserve.
“We want to bring you to Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and Vidhan Sabha,” said the Congress chief.