Rahul accuses Modi of instilling fear among people, wrecking economy

NEW DELHI
11 Jan 2017

Setting the tone for Congress' campaign in assembly polls in five states, Rahul Gandhi today launched a no holds barred attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of instilling fear among people and wrecking the economy through demonetisation, while asserting his party will unseat BJP from power in 2019.

A day-long national convention, called in the wake of demonetisation, saw top Congress leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former finance minister P Chidambaram coming down hard on Modi. Singh cautioned people that "worse is still to come". Squarely blaming the Prime Minister for "undermining" institutions like Reserve Bank of India, Election Commission and judiciary, the Congress vice president said the ruling dispensation has also created fear among the media which he felt was not being able to carry out its responsibility as a watchdog effectively. Billed as 'Jan Vedna' Sammelan, the meet attended by CWC members, Congress chief ministers, AICC office bearers, MPs, PCC chiefs and state leaders announced the second phase of protest action against note ban including gherao of RBI offices all over the country on January 18.

A combative Rahul, who was ridiculed by the Prime Minister some time back, gave back in kind mimicking him, especially his oft repeated "Mitron" (friends) reference, alleging that the PM always tries to instill fear among the people. "You look at BJP's policies. Their entire aim is to scare the people of the country. Fear terrorism, maoism, demonetisation, scare the media. In two-three months, in the entire country, they have spread this fear," Gandhi said.

Taking an apparent dig at Modi,he satirised a song from movie Namak Halaal, saying "Aapka toh lagta hai bas yahi sapna, ram ram japna garibo kaa maal apna (It seems your only dream is to take away money from poor while chanting the name of Ram)". He said: "These people want to rule over the country by instilling fear. Congress will defeat these people and remove them from power. We do not hate them or have anger against them. But we will defeat their ideology."

Hitting back at Rahul, BJP today said the Congress leader was voicing his own and not the poor's pain, and accused him of being a spokesperson for those with black money. It also taunted the Congress vice president over his recent foreign visit, saying after a vacation abroad he, like a part-time politician, has chosen to speak about people's sufferings. "Rahul Gandhi was expressing his and not the poor's pain.

The whole country is today backing Modi in this war against black money. "He is frustrated and depressed. He repeats the same lines against the Prime Minister but the country is not ready to hear his worn-out dialogues. He has become a spokesperson for those with black money," BJP spokesperson Shahmawaz Hussain told reporters.