Attacking the Prime Minister, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said 50 families in India have most of the country’s wealth, courtesy Narendra Modi who takes members of their families with him in his plane on his trips abroad.
“60 per cent of the country’s wealth is amassed by the rich. Most of the wealth is with only 50 families of the country. It is courtesy Modiji. I don’t want to name these families, as you know them... Members of these families travel with the Prime Minister on his plane when he goes to the US, China..,” he said addressing a ‘Janakrosh Rally’ here.
This was his first rally in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh after the Winter Session of Parliament which was washed out over demonetisation. Last week, Rahul had threatened to “expose personal corruption of Modi” while claiming that he was not being allowed to speak in Parliament as it would lead to an “earthquake”.
He said 99 per cent of the people of the country are honest who sweat it out to earn their living but “the Prime Minister mocks at them in Parliament.”
Insisting that “All cash is not black and all black money is not in cash”, the Congress leader said, “94 per cent black money is stashed away in foreign banks, real estate and investment in land deals and gold. But why is PM running after only the rest 6 per cent?”
He said only one per cent people have 60 per cent of the country’s wealth and that “Modi has made fun of 99 per cent honest people through demonetisation”.
Rahul alleged that Modi had waived Rs 1,200 crore loan of Vijay Malya and Rs 1.10 lakh crore taken by 50 wealthy families, but did not care about writing off farmers’ loans.
The Congress leader, who had undertaken a ‘Deoria to Delhi’ padayatra to highlight the plight of farmers, said he had met the Prime Minister to seek waiver of farmers’ loans but the latter was non-committal.
The purpose of note ban was “Garib ka khincho, Amir ko sincho (extract from the poor and help the rich)”, he said.
Interestingly, at the rally, when some workers shouted slogans against Modi, Rahul asked them to desist from making personal attacks.
“Our fight against Narendra Modi is political, please don’t raise ‘murdabad’ slogans against him...such language is used by fascists and RSS, not Congress,” he told them.
In a poser to the Prime Minister, Rahul asked, “In September, before your speech (announcing note ban on November 8), how come six lakh crore rupees were deposited in banks all over the country?”