Congress President Rahul Gandhi has once again criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for being silent on corruption committed by BJP president Amit Shah’s son Ajay Shah who made Rs 80 crore out of Rs 50,000 in three months.
While addressing crowd in Raichur during his Janashirvad Yatra in Raichur on Monday Rahul Gandhi advised to look “left and right” before talking of corruption. “If you want to talk about corruption, talk a bit about Amit Shah son’s corruption. You should also be telling this to the country,” he said.
Karnataka assembly elections are slated to be held in April this year. Rahul Gandhi tour is considered to be part of election campaign for his party. PM Narendra Modi also visited Banaluru recently for a public rally. He is also expected about half a dozen election rallies next month.
Gandhi also lashed out at BJP leaders in the state. He said, “Modiji you talk of corruption. Modiji, if you have some time after talking of the past, look at your left and right sides… On one side is (B.S.) Yeddyurappa who has been to the jail. On the other side, as many as four (former) ministers who went to jail… and behind, 11 leaders who had to resign on charges of corruption,” he said.
BJP President Amit Shah has rejected allegations against his son Jay Shah, who has filed a criminal defamation suit against the news portal “The Wire” which revealed his business fortunes had zoomed after the BJP came to power in 2014.
The Congress president further said that Modi had “failed” to create jobs and address farmer distress. He reportedly said, “Modiji, people of this country gave you work, farmers had given you work, youth had told you that our competition is with China. China provides job to 50,000 youths in 24 hours. Modiji has failed.”
He also said farmers had asked the prime minister for help. “I had personally gone to his office and requested him to waive their loans, Narendra Modi did not even utter a word and he kept quiet.”
However, Congress leader referred to the loan waiver announced by the Karnataka government and said it was the Congress that had done so.
Rahul was more direct towards PM Modi saying “Start giving jobs to the youth, start helping farmers by waiving their loan. You don’t have much time. One year is left… Heard you are even planning to advance elections. Start working, stop giving excuses.”
Referring to various initiatives of the Congress government like Article 371(J) of the Constitution, giving special status for Hyderabad-Karnataka region, farm loan waiver, employment to youths, Rahul Gandhi said, “We will work even better in the coming years on being voted to power.”
Karnataka is presently ruled by Congress having K. Siddaramaiah as Chief Minister having 124 seats out of 225 member assembly. BJP has only 44 seats in the state.
Addressing a public meeting at Sindhanur on Sunday, Rahul Gandhi had said, “If Sachin Tendulkar would have batted looking at the wicketkeeper, could he have scored a single run? Our prime minister is such a cricketer who looks at the wicketkepeer and does not know from where the ball is coming from,” he said.
The Hyderabad-Karnataka region where Rahul Gandhi is travelling extensively by road, comprises the districts of Bidar, Yadgir, Raichur, Koppal, Ballari and Kalaburagi which were part of the Nizam-ruled Hyderabad state till 1948.