Assam Assembly Elections | Rahul picks holes in Modi’s ‘Make in India’ pitch

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing an election campaign rally, ahead of the Assam Assembly polls, at Mariani in Jorhat, on March 20.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday slammed the Narendra Modi government for “destroying” small and medium businesses and increasing the unemployment rate across the country.

He also picked holes in the Prime Minister’s credo of ‘Make in India’, holding demonetisation and faulty implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) for the economic slump in the country.

“PM Modi said about ‘Make in India’. Has it happened? The PM uses a phone on the back of which is written ‘Made in China’. This is because he has broken the country’s economic backbone through demonetisation and a wrong GST,” Mr Gandhi told a crowd at a Congress rally in poll-bound Assam’s Gohpur.

‘Make in India’ appears to have been applied only to unemployment, rising in every State, he said at another party rally in Mariani.

Mr. Gandhi promised that if voted to power in Assam, the Congress would provide five lakh jobs by filling up the vacant posts in various government departments. He also committed that the Congress would help the small and medium businesses and industries.

“BJP makes tall promises wherever it goes. I am not here to lie to you. I made some commitments ahead of elections in Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh. I had said farmers’ loans would be waived off. After the Congress had won the polls in Chhattisgarh, the loans were waived off in six hours,” he said.

“If the Congress party chief minister is appointed in Assam, I promise that the tea workers will get a daily wage of ₹365. You will also get electricity for free up to 200 units and women will get a monthly income support of ₹2,000,” Mr. Gandhi said.

He also emphasised his party’s commitment to nullifying the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Assam.

“They tried to implement the CAA but the Congress had stood up against it in the Rajya Sabha as well as the Lok Sabha. I tell you the CAA won’t come to Assam. We will not allow them to proceed even one inch with the CAA,” Mr. Gandhi said.

He promised that the Congress would protect the culture, language, tradition and history of Assam — “the country’s most complex and unique State” — and not allow it to be run by Nagpur, an allusion to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

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