In a series of tweets and Facebook posts, Rahul Gandhi cited various media reports to allege that the country was grappling with issues such as massive job losses and farm distress. He also said that the country’s growth had been destroyed with steps like demonetisation and ‘bad implementation’ of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday (January 5) hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetisation, farm distress and loss of jobs, alleging that the prime minister was an “incompetent man who listens to nobody”.
The prime minister, while speaking in Jharkhand on Saturday, took a dig at Congress for “misleading” farmers in the name of loan waiver, in spite of considering them as merely a “vote bank”.
In his most scathing criticism, Gandhi cited a media report claiming that demonetisation and GST were headed to look like bigger failures.
“Congress built the India growth story. Modi has used Demonetisation and the Gabbar Singh Tax to completely destroy it. He’s an incompetent man who listens to nobody,” he tweeted.
In a Facebook post earlier in the day, the Congress president hit out at Modi over clashes in a Gujarat village between the police and farmers, saying farmers were “distressed” under the BJP rule.
“Modiji complains about the farm-loan waivers given by the Congress government, saying the farmers are the vote-bank of the Congress. But look at the state of farmers in Gujarat — how farmers are in trouble in the BJP-ruled state,” he wrote in Facebook.
“When farmers of Bhavnagar protested against the harmful effect on irrigation and farming due to mining, then see how they were treated by the Gujarat Police. From Mandsaur to Bhavnagar, the anti-farmer face of the BJP is exposed,” he said while sharing pictures of an injured farmer.
“Breaking! 1 crore 10 lakh jobs were lost in 2018. The prime minister, who promised two crore jobs to the youth every year, is still singing ‘Raag Jumla’ (tune of rhetoric),” Gandhi said in the Facebook post in Hindi.
“If Modi ji had worked for the country instead of helping Anil Ambani steal, then the future of the youth would not have been so insecure,” he added.
Gandhi’s remarks came after clashes broke out on January 2 between the police and farmers protesting against limestone mining by a private firm near a village in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district, leaving several policemen and agitators injured.