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Modi's backward-looking thought led to note ban: Rahul

IANS  |  Hospet (Karnataka) 

Attacking for his recent Parliament speech accusing the of yearning an "old India" of scams, 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. is the kind of PM who drives the vehicle looking in the rear-view mirror," said addressing a party rally here in Hospet in district, about 350km from

In his recent Parliament speech, the chose to speak only about and India's past and not about the future of the country's youth, farmers and labourers, he remarked.

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 in December, he kicked off the party's poll campaign from Bellary, the constitutency from where his mother and former Congress had defeated in 1999

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

The has also failed in keeping its promises of giving 2 crore jobs to the youth of the country each year, said the Congress

"I ask the PM to learn from (Karnataka) Minister Siddaramaiah, who responded to farm crisis by waiving off their loans and kept his promises," he added.

Terming the BJP as a "party of lies", Gandhi asked people to not trust any party that makes false promises. He also accused it of "corruption" in the purchase of fighter jets from

"Bengaluru-based was given the first contract, and now Modi has given it to a friend of his," he said.

Over the past few days, the Congress has been attacking the BJP for not revealing the price of the fighter aircraft in the Parliament.

told Parliament last week that the details of the deal for the fighter jets cannot be disclosed as it was "classified information".

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 17:42 IST
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