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'There are two Indias...': In Kerala, Rahul Gandhi takes dig at BJP over rich-poor divide

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: While speaking at a public rally in the Palakkad district of Kerala, Rahul Gandhi said one India ‘belongs to the billionaires, where they can fulfil all their dreams, and the other is where a large mass of Indian people live’.

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, in Kerala on Thursday. (Congress-X)Premium
Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, in Kerala on Thursday. (Congress-X)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre over growing disparities in economic prosperity in the country. Addressing an election campaign rally in Kerala's Palakkad district, the senior Congress leader said "there are two Indias". One India "belongs to the billionaires, where they can fulfil all their dreams, and the other is where a large mass of Indian people live", he stated.

With the Lok Sabha elections 2024 just around the corner, he emphasises that a significant “inequality has been created in our country".

“There are 22 people in our country who have more wealth than 70 crore people. And there are also 70 crore people in India who earn less than 100 a day," Gandhi said.

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During his speech, he also highlighted the high level of taxes paid by the poor and middle-class people. "The poor and middle class pay taxes. The poorest person in India pays the same GST [Goods and Services Tax] as Mr [Gautam] Adani… The entire GST money goes into the hands of rich people," he said.

Gandhi went on to accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “forgiving 16 lakh crore worth of bank loans of the richest 25 Indians".

He further targeted the BJP, saying that its idea of 'One Nation, One Language, One Religion' is designed to divide India.

"The idea of the BJP is to create instability and disharmony in India, and make one Indian fight with another Indian. In the end, all they do is give away India's wealth to a few people who are close to the PM," Gandhi said.

Rahul Gandhi is contesting as a Congress candidate from his stronghold Wayanad seat in Kerala. After filing his nomination, he had promised that he would be with the people of Wayanad on all issues, including human-animal conflicts. "I was always ready to bring Wayanad's issues to the attention of nation and world," he said.

“There is an issue of man-animal conflict, medical college issue. I stand with the people of Wayanad in this fight. We have tried to pressurise the government on the medical college, I have written letters to the CM. But unfortunately, they have not moved forward," Gandhi pointed out. 

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Published: 18 Apr 2024, 04:49 PM IST
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