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Kharge hits back at PM over bail gaadi' jibe; links BJP with criminals

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 


over his 'a bail gaadi' jibe, party today said there were "so many" criminals with the BJP that even the proposed Ahmedabad-bullet train would not be able to carry all of them together.

The recently appointed in-charge of also attacked over issues like patriotism, farmers, his (PM's) alleged silence on atrocities against Dalits and women, and "devaluation" of Parliament.

Kharge asked the rank and file here to work hard to "teach the BJP a lesson" in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls by winning all the six parliamentary seats in the megalopolis.

Speaking at a public rally in on July 7, Modi, punning on the Hindi term for a bullock cart, had said the Congress was being called a "bail gaadi" as several of its leaders were out on bail.

"The country's is calling the Congress a 'bail gaadi'. They have so many criminals (associated) with them that even the (proposed) bullet train between and won't be able to transport all of them together," Kharge said at an event organised by the Congress.

"They say ours a 'bail gaadi'. But their criminals are on bail and also in jail," he added.

The senior Congress also attacked the ruling BJP over reportedly "garlanding" those accused of lynching members of a minority community in the name of cow protection last week.

He also questioned another reportedly meeting riots accused in a jail recently.

"ji doesn't open his mouth on issues like these (ministers meeting accused). He doesn't speak up on atrocities against Dalits and women. He has reduced importance of Parliament. Importance is given to only one person (the prime minister)," he charged.

The of the Congress in the Lok Sabha asked party activists and functionaries to work hard to ensure survival of democracy and the Constitution.

Attacking the RSS-BJP combine, Kharge said the Congress need not learn patriotism from "others" as the old party had spearheaded the freedom struggle.

"Our leaders and laid their lives for the country. We (the Congress) made several sacrifices...and asks us what the Congress did for 60 years? Now what to do...was born after independence and hence, he knows less," Kharge quipped.

He accused the BJP of not being able to run the government properly and raised the issue of death of farmers, particularly in Maharashtra, where the number of peasants who have committed suicide following agrarian crisis is the "highest".

"The only weapon we have is to teach them (the BJP) a lesson in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls," he added.

Meanwhile, Kharge launched Mumbai Congress' door-to- door campaign 'Shakti', an initiative that would work as a communication bridge between the party's national leadership and lower rung workers.

Congress Ashok Chavan, the party's Mumbai and other leaders attended the event.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 22:35 IST