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Modi shaping surgical strike into political asset: Rahul at Rajasthan rally

On demonetisation and the GST implementations, Rahul Gandhi claimed that people have confusion about these

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

Rahul Gandhi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi interacts with members of business communities and professionals, in Udaipur | PTI photo

president Rahul Gandhi Saturday accused Prime Minister of shaping the Army's 2016 across the LoC into a "political asset" and being "unsuccessful" in creating job opportunities for the youth.

Addressing a gathering at Udaipur in poll-bound Rajasthan, he also claimed that non-performing assets (NPA) of banks was Rs 2 trillion during UPA rule and it rose to Rs 12 trillion during the government at the Centre.

"The government waived loans of 15 to 20 industrialists. Banking system is concentrated only for them. NPA is not of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, traders, doctors or lawyers," Gandhi said.

Referring to the surgical strikes on terror pads across the LoC on September 29, 2016, he told the gathering, "Like during the government, was conducted thrice during Manmohan Singh government. Are you aware of it? Modi actually reached into the Army's domain and shaped into a political asset."

The president alleged that the surgical strike was made public as the was fighting elections in Uttar Pradesh.

On demonetisation and the GST implementations, Gandhi claimed that people have confusion about these.

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"It was a scam, which opened doors for big companies. Demonetisation and the GST shattered the economy and broke common man's back. It opened doors for big companies," he said, alleging that the government at the centre failed to create job opportunities for the youth.

When asked about data privacy, Gandhi said IT companies have understood that India and China has large data.

"Data should remain with people and not crony capitalists. That is our belief," he said.

Claiming that even though India has medical insurance schemes like Ayushman Bharat, it does not have good hospitals, the chief said, "We cannot run the country without pumping money into public health and education sectors."

He said, "India will surpass China if we have the right government for next 15-20 years. Respect those who have skills, India will surpass China."

"China has a lead but we have not lost the competition," he said.

First Published: Sat, December 01 2018. 13:00 IST