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PM’s truth now on people’s radar: Priyanka

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addressing a rally in Pathankot on Tuesday.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addressing a rally in Pathankot on Tuesday.  

At a rally in Bhatinda, she also slammed SAD for suppressing and victimising the people of the State

Congress leader and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday taunted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the “cloud-radar” remark, saying the Prime Minister’s truth has now come on “people’s radar” and it was time for him to put his radar on the unfulfilled promises.

At a rally in Punjab’s Bhatinda, she also accused the Prime Minister of resorting to politics of lies for political gains.

‘Destroyed by drugs’

Hitting out at the Shiromani Akali Dal for “suppressing and victimising” the people of the State, Ms. Vadra said, “They [SAD-BJP] had handed over the State to the drugs, liquor, sand and transport mafia during their 10 years rule. If Punjab’s youth were being destroyed by ‘chitta’ (drugs), it was because of the BJP and the Akalis.”

Referring to the sacrilege incidents, Ms. Vadra said those who destroyed the Guru Granth Sahib were destroying the soul of Punjab — a sin that the Akalis had committed. “While Baba Nanak always said tera tera, for the SAD-BJP it had always been a case of mera mera,” she said.

She added that when Punjab was fighting for India’s freedom, RSS leaders were prostrating before the British to save their own lives.

Ms. Vadra said after hearing the Prime Minister’s speeches, one would think that the only development in this country has taken place in the last five years. Bhatinda, she pointed out, was the biggest example of the industrial and agricultural development that had taken place before the Modi government came to power. “Not only was Bhatinda a large industrial centre, it was one of the biggest cotton and wheat markets with a well-developed dairy sector and an Army cantonment — all of which came up during the 70 years before Mr. Modi.”

Accusing the BJP government of not fulfilling its promises, Ms. Vadra said not a single person had got the promised ₹15 lakh in his/her bank account, farmers’ incomes had not doubled, nor had inflation reduced in those years.

“Far from generating 2 crore jobs a year, the government had cut down jobs by 5 crore, with 24 lakh government posts lying vacant and 50 lakh jobs lost in demonetisation alone,” she said.

Demonetisation, GST

“As many as 12,000 debt-ridden farmers had committed suicide during the Modi rule and farmers were getting neither proper remuneration for their crops nor requisite seeds and other facilities,” she added.

Attacking the Modi government over demonetisation and GST, which had led to people losing money, jobs and businesses, Ms. Vadra urged the people to read the Congress manifesto as she listed out the key promises of the party, from NYAY for the poor, to jobs for youth, separate budget and other facilities for farmers, 35% reservation for women in elected bodies and a single slab for GST.

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