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Rahul mocks PM on China visit, asks where his '56-inch' chest has gone

Rahul mocks PM on China visit, asks where his 56-inch chest has gone
Bantwal: Taking a swipe at PM Narendra Modi over his China visit, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Friday he would remain silent on the Doklam issue during his talks with President Xi Jinping, and wondered where his '56 inch chest' has gone.
He also slammed Modi over his "silence" on alleged corruption by BJP leaders, including its chief Amit Shah's son.
"I have heard that he (Modi) is visiting China. You just see, take it in writing from me. China's army is sitting in Doklam and he will not utter a word on Doklam in China, you just watch. "He (Modi) won't utter a word, this is 56 inch chest. Only hollow words, false promises," Gandhi, who is on a two-day election campaign tour of Karnataka, told a public rally here.
The Congress president spoke of how Modi had hosted Xi in his home state Gujarat and the Chinese troops made an incursion into Indian territory.
"In Gujarat, on the banks of a river, Narendra Modi ji sits on a swing with the Chinese president. Chinese president goes back home and puts Chinese army in Doklam. I don't know where his (Modi's) 56-inch chest had gone, Narendra Modi ji did not utter a word," he said.
Chinese soldiers had intruded into Indian territory in Chumar area of Ladakh in September 2014 during Xi's India visit. The Congress chief, who released the party's election" manifesto for the Assembly polls in Mangaluru earlier in the day, said, "Modi ji, wherever he goes, speaks his 'mann ki baat, but our manifesto is "not our mann ki baat...it is the mann ki baat of Karnataka's youth, women and poor".
He said the manifesto was not prepared by two or three Congress leaders in a closed room, and that people of every district and region were consulted. Verappa Moily, the manifesto committee chief, met people across classes, farmers, youth and industry, he said, and claimed that 90 per cent of promises made in the manifesto ahead of the 2013 polls had been fulfilled.
Invoking 12th century social reformer Basavanna who taught people 'Nudidante nade' (practise what you preach), Gandhi said, "If there is no weight in what you speak, then there is no meaning."
Gandhi said while the Congress' Siddaramaiah government fulfilled what it promised, the Modi dispensation did not honour commitments made by it. "Modi ji folds his hands in front of Basavanna's statue, garlands it, and then he gives eight tickets to Reddy brothers. He says he stands against corruption....but then he stands with Yeddyurappa, who has spent time in jail, on one side, and four"MLAs who have savoured jail food on the other," he added.
Targeting the PM over his "silence" on Amit Shah's son Jay, whom he accused of "converting" Rs 50,000 into Rs 80 crore, Gandhi said, Modi claims to be the "chowkidar" of the country, "but does not stop his friend from indulging in theft".
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