Congress president Rahul Gandhi, today, alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had waived loans worth Rs 3.5 lakh crore of 15 select industrialists during his tenure.
Addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district ahead of the state Assembly elections, he said that he wanted Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to become agriculture centres in five years and provide food, fruits and vegetables to the country.
“In the last four-five years, Modiji gave Rs 3.5 lakh crore to the 15 richest people. While an amount of Rs 35,000 crore is needed yearly to run the MGNREGA scheme in the country, he waived loans worth 10 times that amount of 15 select industrialists,” he said in Charama.
Stepping up his attack on Prime Minister Modi over the Rafale fighter aircraft deal, Congress Chief 10 alleged that industrialist Anil Ambani’s only qualification to bag the offset contract was his friendship with the “chowkidar”.
Rahul Gandhi said Modi should explain to the country why he gave Ambani, who the Congress president claimed has a debt of ₹45,000 crore to banks, a deal of ₹30,000 crore. “What is Anil Ambani’s qualification. It is only that he is a friend of the chowkidar,” he said.
Targeting Modi over his “urban Naxal” jibe at the Congress, Gandhi said, “Don’t teach us patriotism. There is a line of martyrs in our party. Instead PM should explain Rafale deal to the country.” Rahul Gandhi also brought up the Panama Papers leak.
He said that in Pakistan, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whose name figured in the leak, was jailed, but here, PM Modi and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh have maintained silence despite the name of Raman Singh’s son allegedly being mentioned in the documents.