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If you are not in suit-boot, you’re not PM’s bhai: Rahul

PTI Datia | Updated on October 15, 2018 Published on October 15, 2018

Congress president Rahul Gandhi with party leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath at Pitambara Shakti Peeth, in MP on Monday   -  PTI

Repeating his ‘suit-boot’ jibe at Narendra Modi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday alleged that there is no place for the poor in the Prime Minister’s heart, and said , “If you are not in suit-boot, you are not PM’s bhai”.

Rahul also accused Modi of remaining silent when Dalits, women, minorities, tribals and the poor are attacked and alleged that he and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were attempting to save a rape accused BJP MLA in the northern State.

On a campaign trail in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, the Congress President took on Modi over the controversial Rafale jet deal and alleged that he had close proximity with businessmen like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Anil Ambani. He also said that loans of farmers will be waived in 10 days if the Congress comes to power in the State.

Rahul earlier began his two-day tour of the State by offering prayers at the Maa Peetambara Peeth temple complex in Datia, in Gwalior division. Taking a swipe at BJP’s assurance on women’s safety, Gandhi said that there is a “need to save our daughters from BJP MLAs”.

“Prime Minister addresses Mehul Choksi as Mehul bhai (brother), Nirav Modi as Nirav bhai and Anil Ambani as Anil bhai; but he never addresses a labourer, a poor and a farmer as bhai or hugs them. There is no place for them in his heart. If you are not in suit-boot you are not PM’s bhai,” Gandhi said addressing a public gathering in Datia.

“The Prime Minister let jeweller Nirav Modi escape with ₹35,000 crore, which is equal to the entire budget of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA),” said Rahul, referring to the PNB banking fraud allegedly involving Nirav Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi and others.

Taking a dig at the ruling party over the issue of women’s safety, Rahul said, “The BJP gave a good slogan ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ (save and educate daughters).

“But in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were trying to save a rape accused BJP MLA. The PM didn’t speak a word,” he alleged.

“There is a need now to save our daughters from BJP MLAs.”

On the multi-billion dollar Rafale jet deal with France, Rahul alleged that Modi ensured the offset contract for Anil Ambani, “who owes ₹45,000 crore to public sector banks“.

Published on October 15, 2018
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