Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Kerala’s Wayanad saying that he is willing to understand their issues instead of telling them his ‘Mann Ki Baat’.
Addressing Congress supporters, Gandhi said, “I’ve not come here as a politician who is going to tell you what to do or what I think. I’m not here to tell you my ‘Mann Ki Baat’. I’m here to understand what is inside your heart, your soul.”
‘Mann Ki Baat’ is the monthly radio address of the PM. Wayanad is the second constituency from where Gandhi, a sitting MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi, is contesting the elections.
“I’m not like PM of India. I’ll not come here and lie to you because I respect your intelligence, wisdom and understanding. I don’t want to have a relationship of couple of months with you. I want to have a life long relationship with you,” he said.
He was addressing the rally after paying a visit to Thirunelli Temple in Wayanad, where the ashes of his father, former PM Rajiv Gandhi, were immersed.
Earlier today, the 48-year-old Gandhi, who is on a two-day visit to the state, addressed an election rally in Kannur where he called PM Modi the “most anti-national” and accused him of “dividing the nation”.
“Thousands of Congress workers have laid down their lives, fighting such forces. Today the most anti-national act is the act of Modi who is dividing the nation,” Gandhi said in Kannur in response to the PM’s repeated accusations that the grand old party has turned anti-national.
“Crippling the agricultural system, leading to farmers’ suicide is another anti-national act of Modi. Youth losing their jobs is also another anti-national act. Modi has failed in all these and it’s time that he answers,” he told the media at a presser.
Congress has fielded K Sudhakaran from Kannur Lok Sabha seat against BJP’s CK Padmanabhan.
Earlier on Tuesday, Gandhi had lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the PM has “failed” to fulfil the promises made during the past five years.
Urging the people of Kerala to vote for the Congress, Gandhi said if his party comes to power, it will not hike the income tax rates to fund the minimum income guarantee scheme ‘NYAY’.
He also visited the residence and family of departed Congress leader KM Mani.