Assembly Elections in Rajasthan are few months away and both the BJP and the Congress are in poll mode right now. After chief Minister Vasundhara Raje started his Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra , It is now time for the Congress to follow suit.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi launched his party’s campaign for the assembly polls with a massive road show in Jaipur. And the Gandhi scion, once again targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal .
In a sharp attack and directly accusing Modi of corruption in the deal for the French fighter planes, he said the prime minister had favoured his businessman “friend” Anil Ambani by getting him the “contract”.
The reference was to the business that foreign manufacturers are required to bring to Indian firms when a defence deal is signed with the government, under the country’s offset policy.
Rahul Gandhi earlier in the day took to twitter to announce his rally in Jaipur
In preparation for the upcoming state elections in Rajasthan, I will be in Jaipur today, to meet with citizens, Congress party workers and leaders and to address a public meeting at Ramleela Maidan at 4.30 pm.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 11, 2018
In his address to party workers at the Ramlila grounds, Gandhi claimed that the Rafale deal had snatched job opportunities from young Indians, including engineers, as the planes will be manufactured abroad.
Gandhi said the price of the Rafale plane fixed now is about “three times” the amount agreed upon during the previous Congress-led government.
He said this “corruption” by Modi will become apparent over time.
The Congress chief claimed that only 450 youths got employment in the country every day while China was creating jobs for 50,000 people every 24 hours.
“Our youths more honest, capable and stronger than the Chinese but it is a matter of shame that despite having almost equal population, they are getting fewer job opportunities,” he said.
He questioned why Rs 2,30,000 crore could be “written off” as bad loans to 15 or 20 big industrialists, but the government could not help debt-ridden farmers.
When farmers are unable to pay back their loans, they are called defaulters and are jailed. But bad debts of big industrialists are called non-performing assets, he said.
He also accused the government of failing to ensure the safety of women.