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Not super PM, a new term needs to be coined for Modi: Rahul Gandhi

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India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [Published on:21 Nov 2016, 20:57:50]

Taking on Narendra Modi on demonetisation issue, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today said that the Prime Minister does not even consult with his own ministers and does whatever comes to his mind.

“These days he is at a different level. Neither he discusses with his Ministers nor he talks to anybody. Whatever he thinks, he decides on his own,” Rahul said. 

"Such a big economic decision was taken in the history of India and he did it after talking with three-four people. There was no planning. What will happen to farmers, poor people, fisheries industries in Kerala and Bengal? He did not think of them," he added. 

Taking a pot shot at Modi, the Congress leader said, "He is in a new form these days. You cannot call him super Prime Minister also. One has to think to define him, a new word has to be coined to describe him."

Rahul also questioned PM's absence from the Parliament.

He alleged that Modi was working for a select few only and was not concerned for the poor common man, who has been queueing up for hours outside banks and ATMs.

"I have gone to the banks to see the situation myself in the morning. People there told me that they are facing a lot of inconvenience," Rahul said outside Parliament.

Rahul said people were alleging that cash was being taken out surreptitiously from the back door in the banks for a few "selected people" while there were long queues of common people waiting outside for hours.

"They said they are in the queue and deals are being made and cash is taken out from back door. And some selected people are given that cash. Those who are rich getting that and those who are poor they are made to stand in the queue.

"They will be in the queue for three days and then they will leave (without cash). People are facing losses because of this," he said.

Earlier in the day Rahul visited several ATMs in the city where he spoke to people about their problems.

Both Houses were adjourned repeatedly as the combined Opposition was unrelenting in its protest on the demonetisation issue.

On PM's remark that the country will come out like gold after this exercise, the Congress scion asked, "For whom? "and added "I feel the treasuries of the PM's own 15 or 20 people's will be filled up and their loans will be waived. Poor people those who are in the queue will only suffer losses." 

Asked why opposition is not ready for discussion, he, however, said "We are going to discuss. We are ready for discussion."

Speaking on the Indore-Patna Express train tragedy in Uttar Pradesh that left nearly 150  passengers dead, Rahul said the Prime Minister should first focus on improving safety and facilities for common man in trains, instead of planning to introduce bullet train.

Rahul also condoled the loss of lives.

Talking of the need to reduce train journey time, he said, "If it takes two hours to reach a place then how it can be reduced to one hour. If it takes 20 hours then how we can make him reach in 10 hours."

"But Modiji's entire thinking is for 3000-5000 people,” he said. 

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Rahul Gandhi said PM Modi does not even consult with his own ministers Photo: PTI