‘Modi doesn’t know how to speak the truth’

first_imgWith just days to go before the Lok Sabha election in Gwalior on Sunday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi told a rally at Phoolbagh on Wednesday evening that while his party has delivered on promises made in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi “does not know how to speak the truth”.‘Cong. waived loans’Speaking in Gwalior three days after Mr. Modi addressed a BJP rally here and attacked Mr. Gandhi’s “naamdar” family, Mr. Gandhi hit out at the Prime Minister for remaining silent on his 2014 poll promises. He said the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh had waived off loans of lakhs of farmers, including two relatives of former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. “The people had so much faith in Narendra Modi and his words. He said he’ll put ₹15 lakh in every bank account, will give jobs to 2 crore youth and will give loan waivers and right prices to farmers. What happened to that? These days, Mr. Modi doesn’t talk of employment, farmers, or corruption,” said Mr. Gandhi.He added that while youth were facing unemployment and agrarian crisis was pushing farmers to end their lives, Mr. Modi was “doing his mann ki baat”.Challenge for debate“He said he’ll make Gwalior a smart city. It’s been five years. Did it happen? Wherever he goes, he lies…He talks of nationalism. I want to ask him did the Congress send Masood Azhar to Pakistan? Did the Congress make him sit on a plane and send him to Kandahar? Was it our Minister who sat in the plane? Was it our Minister who gave money to a terrorist organisation? No, it was the BJP… Narendra Modi should tell the country the truth… Narendra Modi does not know how to speak the truth,” said Mr. Gandhi, adding that he had challenged the Prime Minister to a debate on the Rafale matter.Accusing the former BJP government in the State of reducing the number of factories from 400 to 80, he said a Congress government at the Centre would work with the party’s government in the State to make Gwalior an “industrial centre again”. Chief Minister Kamal Nath, while addressing the rally in support of Congress candidate Ashok Singh, said his government had waived off loans of 21 lakh farmers, while the BJP candidate from Gwalior, Mayor Vivek Shejwalkar, had not done anything for the city.“Shivraj was yelling that loans have not been waived. His own brother and nephew’s loans have been waived,” said Mr. Nath.Mr. Singh, who has contested three times before, had lost by a margin of about 29,000 votes in 2014 to the BJP’s Narendra Singh Tomar, who went on to become a Union Minister. This time, Mr. Tomar is contesting from the neighbouring Morena constituency, which was won by late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s nephew, Anoop Mishra, in 2014.last_img

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