Back after a vacation, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took on PM Modi once again on Wednesday. Attacking the Narendra Modi-led Centre government and its decision to demonetise and scrap high-denomination notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, Rahul said that acche din (good times) will only come when the Congress regains power in 2019 Lok Sabha Election.
Speaking at the Jan Vedna Sammelan in New Delhi, he launched a sharp attack on the prime minister for possibly every schemes launched by the BJP government ? Skill India, Make in India, etc. The Congress scion not only borrowed Modi's famed tagline ? acche din ? Rahul alleged that the BJP government is run by a couple of people. Rahul also mocked Modi for his Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan (Clean India campaign).
"Dhai saal pehle Modi ji aaye kaha Hindustan ko saaf kardunga, sabko jhaadu pakdaya. Fashion tha, teen-chaar din chala, phir bhool gaye (Two and a half years ago, Modiji said he will clean India. He made everyone carry a broom. That fashion stayed for a couple of days and then everything was forgotten.)"
Rahul added Make in India and Skill India followed suit. "Demonetisation ek bahana hai, Modi ji ko pata lag raha hai ki yoga, Skill India, Make in India ke piche nahi chup payenge (Demonetisation is just an excuse, Modiji knows now that he cannot hide behind his schemes for too long)."
Rahul Gandhi appeared very confident as he shared the dias with former prime minister Manmohan Singh, former finance minister P Chidambaram and leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. The party vice-president raised pertinent questions about press freedom and central government's "interference" in institutions like the judiciary and the Reserve Bank of India.
"Our friends in the media are under constraints. They come to me and say they want to say some thing but they cannot. The respect that we gave the press and the media and the judiciary for the past 70 years, Modi ended that tradition in the last two and a half years."
Rahul said that Modi has broken India's financial spine with the demonetisation drive. "Automobiles sector mein 60 percent kam gaadiyan biki hain. Hum 16 saal pehle ki sthiti mein pahunch gaye hain. (Automobile sale has dropped by 60 percent. Today our condition is as it was 16 years ago). Modi must ask why the demand for MNREGA has suddenly surged? Why are people migrating to villages instead of cities?"