Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his recent Parliament speech accusing the Congress of yearning an "old India" of scams, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said Modi's "backward-looking" thought led to note ban.
"The country doesn't want to hear about the past, it is concerned about the future. Narendra Modi is the kind of PM who drives the vehicle looking in the rear-view mirror," Gandhi said addressing a party rally here in Hospet in Bellary district, about 350km from Bengaluru.
Gandhi asserted that Modi's "backward-looking" thought has caused demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST), which he referred to as 'Gabbar Singh Tax'.
On his first visit to the southern state, where assembly polls are due in April-May, after he took over party chief in December, he kicked off the party's poll campaign from Bellary, the Lok Sabha constitutency from where his mother and former Congress President Sonia Gandhi had defeated BJP leader Sushma Swaraj in 1999 general elections.
Thousands of party cadres and people from different parts of the state attended the rally.
"Unemployment and farmers' crises are two of the major challenges in the country, and dalit atrocities are on the rise, but in his (Modi's) entire speech in the Parliament, he did not utter a single word on these issues," Gandhi said in his 40-minute long speech in Hindi. It was simultaneously translated into Kannada by the state Congress unit's Working President Dinesh Gundu Rao.
"I ask the PM to learn from (Karnataka) Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who responded to farm crisis by waiving off their loans and kept his promises," he added.
Over the past few days, the Congress has been attacking the BJP for not revealing the price of the fighter aircraft in the Parliament.
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