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Rahul Gandhi mounts attack on BJP, SP; says Congress can pull nation out of grip of communalism, poverty

Rahul Gandhi today said Congress has all the capabilities and competency to pull the nation out of the grip of communalism, poverty, lawlessness and free the farmers from their debt burden.

India TV Politics Desk, Rampur [ Published on: September 28, 2016 22:56 IST ]
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi speaks during a road
Image Source : PTI Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi speaks during a road show in Bareilly

Mounting an attack on BJP, SP and BSP, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today said his party has all the capabilities and competency to pull the nation out of the grip of communalism, poverty, lawlessness and free the farmers from their debt burden. 

Rahul, who is undertaking Deoria to Delhi Yatra, reached Rampur for 'Khaat Sabha' after addressing public gatherings at Bilaspur, Kameri and Chamrawa villages in the district.

"Congress party has all the capabilities and competency to pull the nation out of the grip of communalism, poverty, lawlessness," he said at the Sabha here. 

Taking a jibe at BJP for criticising Congress over charpoys being taken away by the people soon after his 'Khaat Sabha' was over in Deoria, he said "They (the BJP), remained tight lipped when business tycoon Vijay Mallya managed to flee without repaying his debts." 

Rahul said farm loans will be waived of within 10 days of Congress coming to power. 

"Our assurances will be different from those of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's. This government is a dispensation of capitalists, but Congress' government would be of farmers," he claimed. 

Terming India as a "mismanaged" country, he said, but this would change if Congress comes to power. "People will see and appreciate our government because of our ability to delivery and our competency to ensure good governance". 

Attacking Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, he said, "Why do they not cry against the mismanagement of the present government in the Lok Sabha."

Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi accused the ministers in the Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh of "patronising" criminals, saying this was the reason why the law and order situation had collapsed in the state. 

"Crime has increased as it is being patronised by the higher-ups. Hooligans are being patronised by ministers in the Uttar Pradesh government. This is the reason behind the poor law and order situation in the state," he told the students of Rohilkhand University in Bareilly.

Girl students of the university told the Gandhi scion that they did not feel safe as hooligans and eve-teasers bothered them regularly. 

Rahul reacted saying, "The law and order of the state is the worst. What else can be expected in this jungle raj."

Mounting an attack on the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in the state, he said, "The cycle's (election symbol of the SP) wheel is stuck. It has not been moving and as a result, the development of Uttar Pradesh has stopped." 

During his roadshow in the city, the Amethi MP visited a temple, a gurdwara and Ala Hazrat Dargah. 

Yesterday in Shahjahanpur, Rahul accused Modi of making cow "an election stunt" and slammed the BJP and RSS for "doing politics" in the name of protection of cows. 

"During my ongoing Kisan Yatra from Deoria to Delhi, I have seen the plight of cows roaming on streets," he said during a roadshow here. 

The Congress Vice President, who was addressing villagers during a 'Khaat Sabha' at Puwaya last night, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made cows nothing but "an election stunt". 

"What is being done is just politics in the name of cow protection," he said. 

His remarks came against the backdrop of rise in cases of atrocities against Dalits and members of minority communities by so-called cow protection groups. 

(With PTI inputs)

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