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Modi-Shah distracting people from farm crisis, joblessness: Rahul Gandhi

Modi-Shah distracting people from farm crisis, joblessness: Rahul Gandhi
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses a joint Congress-NCP rally ahead of Maharashtra Assembly elections. PTI

Shiv Kumar
Tribune News Service
Mumbai, October 13

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah are busy distracting people from core issues like lack of jobs and the agrarian crisis across the country, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Sunday.

Addressing an election rally at Ausa in Latur, Gandhi also accused the media of downplaying major issues affecting the country.

“The media, Modi and Shah are busy diverting the people’s attention from core issues. The media is silent on farmers’ distress, lack of jobs. The media is mum on waiver of loans for rich people as it is owned by them,” Gandhi said at the Congress party rally.

The former Congress president also referred to the failed Chandrayaan moon landing mission by ISRO.

“When the youth ask for jobs, the government tells them to watch the Moon. The government talks of Article 370 and the moon but is silent on the country’s problems,” Gandhi said.

On the recent meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chinese leader Xi Jinping, Gandhi wondered whether the Indian PM asked his counterpart about the incursion into Dokalam by the troops of the neighbouring country.

“When the prime minister was having tea and snacks with the Chinese leader, did he ask them about Doklam?” Gandhi asked.

Regarding the loan restructuring programmes for companies, the Congress leader said Rs 5.5 lakh crore debt of “15 rich people” have been waived off by the Modi government.

Gandhi further added that the government under guise of demonetisation and the GST took money from
the pockets of the poor and gave it to the rich.

Hitting out at the imports of Chinese goods into India, Gandhi said the Modi government was following a ‘Make in China’ policy.

“The Made in China policy has made scores of Indian youth unemployed,” Gandhi said.

“The government is talking of Make in India, but only goods made in China have flooded the country. India’s youth are losing jobs. There is no hope for them in the future,” Gandhi said.

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