Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing ‘Bharat Bachao’ rally, at Ramlila Maidan, in New Delhi. (ANI)
NEW DELHI: Congress functionaryRahul Gandhisaid PM Modi had fulfilled the wishes of India’s enemies by destroying its economy, escalating the attack on ruling BJP over economic slowdown. Though Congress has been attacking the BJP government over economy for last few months, Rahul escalated the assault with his sharp jibes at the mammoth “Bharat Bachao Rally” atRamlila Maidanon Saturday.
“All the enemies of India wanted that India’s economy, which was the cynosure of the world, be destroyed, and that task has been achieved not by our enemies but by the PM of India. And then he calls himself a patriot, ”the former party chief said at the gathering where top speakers, including Congress chiefSonia Gandhi, former PMManmohan SinghandPriyanka GandhiVadra, hammered in hard the theme of the rally – economic slowdown, unemployment, farmers’ woes, as also the “unconstitutional and divisive” Citizenship Amendment Act.
Compared to past Congress events, the gathering stood out for its turnout and color. The defining slogan “Modi hai to mandi hai” (slowdown is because of Modi), a pun on BJP catchphrase “Modi hai to mumkin hai” (all is possible if there is Modi), appeared politically smart, as did the idea to release “Black balloons” during the program to protest against the BJP regime.
Sonia urged people to “come out of homes and protest” against the government, saying every society once in its lifetime faces a moment when it has to decide on a “fight to finish” battle. While Sonia spoke last as the chief, Rahul cornered the attention with his acerbic tone which saw him revert to his pet themes against Modi — waiving loans of big corporates, awarding contracts over Rs 1 lakh crore to Adani, demonetisation, Gabbar Singh Tax and job losses. He said while the GDP has fallen from 9% to 4.5%, the real growth figure was even dismal at around 2.5%.
“They work to create divide between (religions). Go to J&K, go to the northeast,Assam,Mizoram… Go and see what Modi has done there. He has set these places ablaze, ”Rahul said. Priyanka Gandhi said those who don’t fight the prevailing situation today will be remembered as cowards.