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Rahul holds road show in Raman's home turf, slams Modi

Press Trust of India  |  Rajnandgaon (C'garh) 

held a mega road show Friday in Rajnandgaon, the constituency of Minister Raman Singh, three days ahead of the first phase of assembly polls on November 12.

Addressing a public meeting after the road show, he criticised over the fighter jet deal and a sudden demonetisation of a bulk of the currency in circulation in November 2016, and said he no longer talks about corruption.

Gandhi, after landing at PTS helipad in town in the evening, hopped on an SUV with an open roof for his road show. He was followed by a cavalcade of leaders.

After passing through Gurdwara Chowk, and covering a distance of around 2 km, the road show culminated with a public meeting at Ganj Chowk.

Targeting the prime minister, Gandhi said Modi did not fulfil the promises he made to people ahead of the 2014 election.

Instead, the common men had to bear the brunt of steps like demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax, he said.

"Neither Rs 15 lakh was deposited in of people nor two crore youths got employment during the four-and-a-half-year rule of the The made people stand in queues during demonetisation," he said.

"Did you ever see Nirav Modi, and (all accused of committing financial frauds) standing in queues during note-bandi," he asked the people attending the rally and they replied "no".

"Modi earlier used to speak about corruption, but he does not do so now. The has committed scam to the tune of crores in the fighter jet deal. Modi benefited his close ones in the deal," Gandhi alleged.

The government has repeatedly dismissed allegations of corruption in the Rafale deal. It has also said that demonetisation helped formalise the Indian economy and increased the tax base.

The sought to know why loans of farmers are not being waived.

"If Modi can waive loans to the tune of Rs 3.50 lakh crore of industrialists then why not of farmers," he asked.

Modi has divided the country into two different 'Hindustan' one where people travel in airplanes, while the other is inhabited by the poor, farmers and labourers, Gandhi said.

Referring to the GST, he said if comes to power at the Centre, people will get relief from "Gabbar Singh Tax".

He sought support for Congress candidate from Karuna Shukla, niece of former the late who is contesting against Minister

Later, Gandhi went to Chowk where he garlanded the statue of Congress Udaya Mudliyar, who was killed in the Jhiram Valley Naxal attack in 2013.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 00:30 IST