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Defense Minister Was Buying Fish In Goa When Modi Ji Changed The Rafale Deal: Rahul Gandhi

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| February 26 , 2018 , 17:37 IST

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on the second leg of his three-day tour Karnataka accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday of favouring the "super rich".

Bringing the Rafael deal in question once again, the Congress President said that the Defense Minister was in Goa buying Fish, unaware that Modi ji had changed the Rafael contract.

Gandhi targeted the PM in all public events in poll-bound Karnataka and questioned his 'silence' on issues such as the fraud of the Punjab National Bank.

While addressing a rally, Gandhi said, "In Gujarat, Modi Ji did not implement Lokayukta. It has been four years since he became prime minister. He did not implement Lokpal even in Delhi."

He said Modi, who had described himself as the country’s "chowkidar" (watchman), was silent on the fraud and the alleged increase in the turnover of a company owned by BJP president Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah.

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Gandhi said, "The country’s chowkidar comes to Karnataka and speaks about corruption with his chief minister (former chief minister Yeddyurappa) who had been to jail on one side and on the other side four ministers who also went to jail during the BJP rule."

"Nudidante nade" (practice what you preach) he urged Modi, quoting 12th-century social reformer Basaveshwara from Karnataka.

Gandhi said, "Modiji nudidante nade. The country has not made you prime minister just to give speeches."

Gandhi said, "Nirav Modi took away Rs 22,000 crore belonging to India’s farmers, labourers and the poor, but our chowkidar does not utter a word."

Prime Minister Modi had on Friday warned of strict action against those involved in financial irregularities and said the loot of public money would not be tolerated.

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Hitting out at the prime minister over issues such as employment generation and for not announcing loan waivers for farmers, Gandhi said, "Modi ji learn a bit from (Karnataka chief minister) Siddaramaiah." "Whatever you do, you do it for people like Nirav Modi. You give thousands of crores money to super-rich people in the country; while in Karnataka we give seven kg rice at free of cost to the poor,” he said.

Alleging that money power, marketing, television and the media were on the side of the BJP, Gandhi said despite all these, the Congress would win the Assembly polls in Karnataka because the party had the “strength of the poor and weaker sections".

He said, "Whether they like it or not, Siddaramaiah and I, along with the Congress party, will work for weaker sections, the poor. We will take everyone together for the progress of Karnataka."

Rahul is on a three-day visit to Karnataka, where assembly polls are expected to be held in April-May this year.
 
Both the parties are leaving no stone unturned in their quest to win Karnataka.