AMN / Bhopal
Congress president Rahul Gandhi today said that the ongoing election was a fight between two ideologies- that of the Congress, and of the BJP and the RSS.
Addressing an election rally in Khargon, Mr.Gandhi alleged that the BJP, RSS and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had hatred in their hearts for his family, but he would continue to hug the PM as hate could only be defeated by love. He also addressed rallies at Shujalpur and Dhar.
Referring to Congress’ poll promise ‘NYAY’ scheme, Mr. Gandhi said it would revive the country’s economy as it will increase people’s purchasing power.
He also said the Congress will provide 22 lakh government jobs after coming to power at the Centre.
Mr. Gandhi said the agriculture loans of farmers in Madhya Pradesh, have been waived by the Congress government in the state.
later in a a interview to NDTV, Mr Gandhi said, “Narendra Modi-ji has shown me how not to run a country. If you run the country without listening to what its people have to say, then the country will not function properly”.
He also revealed he had an M.Phil degree, “I learn from Narendra Modi-ji, from the BJP and the RSS. I also learn from you. I learn from everyone”.
Targeting the PM over his criticism of former Congress Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Mr Gandhi also said, “Narendra Modi thinks giving speeches and comments are the PM’s job. But PM’s job is to think with strategy. He has no strategy in his work. Manmohan Singh improved the country’s economy carefully, strategically”.
“What Manmohan Singh did in the 90s is a part of strategy and a better thinking” he added.
Mr Gandhi also claimed he wanted to “destroy his Rahul Gandhi self” so that when he visited a farmer’s house, he could learn and fully understand his point of view, rather than have his own voice interfere.
PM Modi and Mr Gandhi have regularly traded barbs this election, with the Prime Minister targeting his father, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, as “bhrashtachar no 1 (corrupt no 1)” and the Congress chief hammering away at the BJP government with claims of corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal.
Mr Gandhi took aim at the Prime Minister over a number of issues – from the Rafale deal to allegations of EVM malfunctioning in this general election – ultimately returning to the theme that the BJP government under PM Modi had failed to deliver on promises made during the 2014 Lok Sabha election concerning areas like healthcare, education.