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Modi lied to nation on Chinese incursion: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi being greeted by a party worker during an election rally, at Hisua in Nawada district, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi lied to the nation on Chinese incursion in Ladakh.

Addressing an election meeting at Hisua in Nawada, Bihar, he also criticised Mr. Modi for allegedly not doing anything for the migrant workers returning to Bihar during the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said, “Our 20 soldiers were martyred and China took over 1200 km of our land in Ladakh… when China entered into our land, why did the Prime Minister say no one came inside Indian land... youth from Bihar shed their sweat and blood to protect their motherland there… it is an insult to our soldiers”.

Later he addressed another rally at Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur.

Mr. Gandhi said, “When migrant workers from Bihar were chased away by other States, what did the Prime Minister do?... he didn’t help them… this is the truth and I trust that this time, the people of Bihar will realise this truth and give a befitting reply to him and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar”. 

“Labourers of Bihar left for their native State and walked thousands of km without food and water. Did he [Modi] offer buses, trucks, trains to go back home?” “No”, he said. 

The former Congress president ‘requested’ Mr. Modi not to lie to the people of Bihar. “In the last election, you promised them to provide two-crore employment? What did they get?... you come and say that you bow down your head before farmers, soldiers, workers and small businessmen, and when you return home, you do work for Ambani and Adani”, he said. “He will bow down his head before you but will do work for someone else”, he added.

Mr. Gandhi asked the gathering if they got any benefit from demonetisation. “You all stood outside banks in heat and rain… You deposited your money into banks but where your money has gone”, he asked. “In pockets of the rich people of the country”, he responded himself. 

“Did Adani stand before banks?... did Ambani stand in queue in front of banks?... our governments in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Punjab waived farmers loan”, he claimed. 

At Kahalgaon, he said that he had been saying since February that the poor, labourers and the country would suffer massive losses due to the corona virus and he was ridiculed. “But Mr. Modi said that India will be free of corona virus within 22 days. How? By clanging utensils and shining torches and mobile phones lights? It has been 6-7 months since then and the virus is still spreading and the Prime Ministeris not speaking a word”, he observed.

Tejashwi hits out Nitish

At the meeting, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav hit out at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for “staying put at home” due to the corona virus threat and coming out now to ask for votes.

“Nitish Kumar stayed inside the house for 144 days but now he is out of his residence. Why? Coronavirus was there at that time and now as well, but now he wants your vote, so he has to step out”, he said. 

Mr. Yadav reiterated that if voted to power, 10 lakh jobs would be given to youths. “In my first Cabinet meet, I’ll sign on order giving 10 lakhs govt jobs to Bihar youth”, he said. 

“Mr. Kumar is tired now and can’t handle Bihar. The Congress is contesting the polls with the RJD, the CPI, the CPI(M) and the CPI-ML”, he stated. 

On Mr. Modi’s election rallies, he said, “He is most welcomed in Bihar but he should also give answers about what happened to special status to Bihar, absence of factories, unemployment and other state issues”.

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