Continuing his ‘Chowkidaar hi chor hain’ campaign against prime minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that Modi spreads hatred everywhere he goes and that he is looking to divide the nation. Promising jobs, more educational institutions and scholarships for students, Gandhi reaffirmed that the Congress will give Rs.72,000 per year for five crore poor families if it comes to power.
“Rs.72,000 or Rs.3.6 lakh in five years. That is the number we came up with, and it is our surgical strike on poverty. Every household needs Rs.12,000 a month today and we decided to provide that to all the poor families," said Gandhi while addressing public meetings at Zaheerabad and Wanaparthy in Telangana as part of his campaign.
The Congress president also alleged that Modi is “helping 15 to 20 people" everyday. “He wakes up and puts money in their pockets. You all waited in line demonetization. Mothers, sisters, fathers, etc, all waited. Did Anil Ambani or Mehul Choksi wait in line? Any economist will tell you that demonetization will kill small businesses. That was not a fight on corruption, but it was done to steak your money," Gandhi stated.
Explaining the Congress’s promise to give poor families Rs.72,000 a year, Gandhi said that he had consulted his party’s think-tank six months ago before taking the decision. “Did you get Rs,15 lakh in your bank accounts as promised? Or employment to two crore people?" Gandhi questioned and also promised to provide more government hospitals and to also demarcate 6% of the budget on education.
Gandhi also alleged that Telangana chief minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao is helping the Centre. “Your chief minister helps him (Modi) in parliament. He brought Gabbar Singh (Goods and Services) tax and finished small businesses and your chief minister says it is very good. The remote control is in Narendra Modi’s hands. The fight is with him. Has your chief minister ever said Chowkidaar Chor hain? Why doesn’t he say that Modi stole money in the Rafale deal?" the Congress president asked.