Continuing his tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the shoe-hurling incident, Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said that the PM works only for 15-20 people and doesn’t care about the rest.
Attacking Modi during his address to a gathering during a roadshow in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri, Rahul said that despite the fact that it was the common man that elected Modi as the Prime Minister, he forgot the farmers, the dalits and the unemployed youth after the elections.
"Modiji, if you want to oblige 15 people, you can. But you cannot forget the interests of other people of the country," Rahul said during the roadshow, which is part of his 2,500-km ‘Kisan Yatra’ in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.
He said Congress will force Modi government to shed its "discriminatory approach" and work for each Indian.
After the shoe-hurling incident in Sitapur yesterday, Rahul's security cover was strengthened with deployment of additional personnel.
"The motive behind the Kisan Yatra is to press the Modi government to waive loans of every farmer, slash electricity bills of every Indian and give adequate prices to farmers for their crop," he said.
Accompanied by former Union minister Jitin Prasada, former Kheri MP Zafar Ali Naqvi and district Congress president Raghvendra Bahadur Singh in his 'Deoria to Delhi Kisan Yatra', Rahul reached Sankata Devi temple where he offered prayers before starting the roadshow.
He garlanded the statue of BR Ambedkar near Nasiruddin Mauji Bhawan during his roadshow. He addressed people at Sankata Devi and near Dr Ambedkar Park.
"Why the Uttar Pradesh farmers who picked up a couple of cots during my 'khat sabha' were called thieves and Vijay Mallya who fled away with Rs 10,000 crore was called just a defaulter," he asked.
He accused the Prime Minister of making false promises and asked people if they had received Rs 15 lakh in their bank accounts as "promised" by the BJP leader during the Lok Sabha poll campaigns.
"During Congress regime, the petroleum prices were at USD 140 per barrel but in Modi regime they dropped to just USD 40 but benefits were not passed on to common man," he said.
Last evening, Rahul held a khat sabha in Oel town and interacted with the farmers. Seeking their support during UP polls, he assured them of adequate power supply and loan waiver.
(With PTI inputs)