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Congress president Rahul Gandhi to visit Gurudwara, hold roadshow in MP today
  Monday 15 October, 2018
Congress president Rahul Gandhi to visit Gurudwara, hold roadshow in MP today

Congress chief Rahul gandhi, who is on a two-day trip to poll-bound Madhya Pradesh will visit a Gurudwara, interact with party workers and hold a roadshow in Gwalior.

Congress chief took to Twitter to announce his schedule for today.

According to reports, the Congress president will pay a visit to Gururdwara Data band Sahib around 10.45 AM.

Around 12 PM, he will arrive in Sheopur for a public rally on Mela Ground.

Around 2.30 PM, the Gandhi scion will address a public rally in Sambalgarh Mandi Ground.

The Congress chief will later hold a 26 km-long roadshow which will begin from Jaura to Morena, covering Bilgaon, Bagchini, Mungawali and Morena.

Around 7.45 PM, the Congress president will leave for Delhi.

Rahul Gandhi had on Monday alleged that Prime Narendra Modi disregards the poor but has close proximity to businessmen like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Anil Ambani.

On a campaign trail in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh (MP), he again took on PM Modi over the Rafale jet deal.

"The Prime Minister does not have the courage to reply why the offset contract for the French aircraft was "snatched" from the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and instead, given to Ambani's firm," he said.

Taking a swipe at BJP's assurance on women's safety, Gandhi, without naming anyone, said there is a "need to save our daughters from BJP MLAs".

Notably, an MLA in Uttar Pradesh (UP) was earlier accused of raping a minor girl in Unnao district.

"Prime Minister addresses Mehul Choksi as Mehul bhai (brother), Nirav Modi as Nirav bhai and Anil Ambani as Anil bhai but he never addresses a labourer, a poor and a farmer as bhai or hugs them. There is no place for them in his heart. One who doesn't wear suit-boot is not a bhai for him," Rahul said addressing a public gathering here in Madhya Pradesh.

He charged the Prime Minister does not speak when Dalits and minorities are attacked in Gujarat or on atrocities against women and the weaker sections.

The PM had said before the 2014 polls that he wanted to be a "chowkidar" (guard), but only 15-20 industrialists of the country benefitted under his government, instead of farmers, he alleged.

"The Prime Minister let jeweller Nirav Modi escape with Rs 35,000 crore, which is equal to the entire budget of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)," Gandhi further charged.

He was referring to the PNB banking fraud allegedly involving Nirav Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi and others.

Firing a fresh salvo at the prime minister amid the furore over the multi-billion dollar Rafale jet deal, he alleged that the PM ensured the offset contract to Anil Ambani, "who owes Rs 45,000 crore to public sector banks".

"The Prime Minister could not look me in the eye (during debate in Parliament). The PM gives speeches but no answers...He doesn't have the courage to reply as to why the contract was snatched from HAL and given to Anil Ambani," he said.

Led by the Congress, the Opposition parties have been attacking the Modi government alleging it is procuring 36 Rafale jets from France at an exorbitantly high cost.

The Modi government has denied allegations of irregularities in Rafale deal and Amban, too, has dismissed the Congress's allegations that he got any undue benefit.

Gandhi also accused Narendra Modi of "insulting every Indian by mocking the governance of other parties during 70 years, before the BJP-led NDA came to power.

"From the Red Fort, Modi (during his Independence Day speech) said the country was sleeping before he took over as country's Prime Minister. This is not an insult to Congress leaders. This is insult of the country's people," Gandhi said.

There was no infrastructure, road, rail line, university or college when the country got independence, he said.

"Your (people's) ancestors, who worked hard to develop this country. This is an insult to farmers, labourers, youths, small traders and people who toiled hard to build this country. This is an insult to your mother and father," he told the gathering.

Taking a dig at the ruling party over the issue of women's safety, he said, "The BJP gave a good slogan 'Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao' (save and educate daughters).

"But in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi saved a rape accused BJP MLA. The PM didn't speak a word," he alleged.

Gandhi is on a two-day visit to the central state which will go to polls on November 28.

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/madhya-pradesh/congress-president-rahul-gandhi-to-visit-gurudwara-hold-roadshow-in-mp-today-2148667.html

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