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Modi favouring industry friends: Rahul Gandhi

Alleging that the Prime Minister was working only to benefit his “industrial friends”, he said he (Gandhi) had joined politics to ensure welfare for the poor and the weaker sections of the society and not to benefit some businessmen.

Addressing a well-attended election rally at Bhalsawa-Jahangirpuri area of North-West Delhi, the Congress leader also claimed that the Prime Minister was unable to take criticism from political rivals. “Ek din maine Modiji ke baare mein kuch kaha, agle din unhone Natrajan ko khada kiya (One day, I said something about Modi, the very next day, he put up Natarajan),” the Congress vice-president said at the rally.

He said his former party colleague Jayanthi Natarajan had been pitted against him by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he had been fighting for the poor and other weaker sections of  society.

“I want to tell you that I have fought for the poor and the Adivasis and I had told Jayanthi Natarajan that we should look into the welfare of the environment, poor and the Adivasis. I will continue to fight for the poor and weaker sections,” the Cong vice-president said as party workers egged him on. The area is represented in the assembly by party MLA Devendra Yadav. People from the minority community were fairly represented in the audience which largely consisted of residents from the resettle-ment colonies.       

Former union minister Natarajan had last Saturday resigned from the primary membership of Congress alleging that she was ‘vilified’ for rejecting green nod to industrial projects during her tenure as Environment Minister, which she said she had done following communications by the Congress vice-president. Latching on to her remarks, BJP had launched a scathing attack on the Congress leadership accusing Rahul of interfering in government work.

The Congress Vice President, however, acknowledged that there were shortcomings that the party needed to rectify. He said that if Congress had its Chief Minister, it would put an end to contract labour within a week and make it permanent within six months. “Electricity tariff will be Rs 1.5 rupee per unit and we will make water cheaper. We can do it. We have passed land bill, RTI, Food Security. We have done it. We can do it,” he said.
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