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'Will throw Agniveer scheme in bin, simplify GST, help small businessmen,' says Rahul Gandhi in Delhi

Addressing a public meeting organised by the Congress in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi urged workers of his party and of the Aam Aadmi Party to work together and ensure victory for their alliance on all seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital.

Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: May 18, 2024 22:35 IST
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with party candidates JP
Image Source : PTI Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with party candidates JP Aggarwal, Udit Raj and Kanhaiya Kumar during a rally for Lok Sabha elections, in New Delhi.

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has said that their (INDIA bloc) first work is to safeguard the Constitution because this is your future, your dream and the voice of your heart. Addressing a poll rally in Delhi, the Congress scion said he will throw the Agniveer scheme in the bin, simplify GST, and help small businessmen rather than big industrialists.

"Our (AAP and Congress) karyakartas (workers) have joined hands to save the Constitution. If the Constitution gets abolished, which the BJP and PM Modi want, their top leaders have openly said that they will abolish the Constitution if they get a chance. Therefore, it is our job to safeguard the Constitution," Rahul Gandhi said while addressing a poll rally in Delhi's Ramlila Maidan.

"A list will be made of youth with categories of graduates, post-graduates and diploma holders and we will give the right to first job, which will be of one-year with an annual remuneration of Rs 1 lakh. They (BJP-led NDA) give 5 kg ration, while we will give 10 kg of ration," Rahul Gandhi said.

"...A list of the poor people of India will be prepared... One woman from each of these families will be selected and Rs 1 Lakh per annum will be deposited in the account of that woman by the INDIA bloc. Rs 8,000 per month thaka thak, thaka thak, thaka thak. I used 'thaka thak' in my speech. Narendra Modi has now started using 'thaka thak, phata phat' in all his speeches. Tell me whatever you want him to say, I will make him say it," said Rahul. 

"We don't want 'darpok' leaders to stay with us, only want 'Babbar Sher'" Rahul Gandhi said in an apparent dig on those joining BJP 'fearing CBI-ED action'.

Rahul Gandhi further said that PM Modi talks about Congress getting tempo-loads of money from Adani-Ambani, but he doesn't dare to get it probed.

"In a debate with PM Modi, I want to ask him about his relationship with Adani, about electoral bonds," Rahul Gandhi said at Ramlila Maidan.

The former Congress chief further said that he's ready to debate with PM Modi whenever and wherever he wants, but he's sure he (PM Modi) won't come.

"Tell me whatever you want Narendra Modi to say, I will make him say that in his speeches," Rahul said and added he told him, "Narendra Modi, you don't mention the names of Adani-Ambani. You should mention their names. 2-3 days later, Narendra Modi said Adani-Ambani, Adani-Ambani."

"He (PM Narendra Modi) gave 30-35 interviews to the same 5-10 journalists. 2-3 intellectuals and journalists wrote to me and made public announcements. They also wrote to Narendra Modi and said that there should be a debate in democracy, it is essential; that he should have debate with Rahul Gandhi... I am ready, Narendra Modi can have a debate with me wherever he wants. What do you think, will he come to have a debate with me? No, he can't... Narendra Modi can't have a debate," Rahul Gandhi said.

"It's interesting that I'll vote for AAP and Arvind Kejriwal will vote for Congress in these elections," Rahul Gandhi mentioned.

Rahul Gandhi alleged that PM Modi did nothing for small businessmen but gave Rs 16 lakh crore to industrialists like Adani-Ambani.

"Our first aim should be to save the Constitution," he mentioned again.

"Kejriwal ji and Hemant Soren ji were put in jail. There is a list of Congress leaders too... One more person has been arrested from Delhi... Our fight is to save the Constitution...," Rahul Gandhi added.

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