Launching a fresh attack against PM Narendra Modi, BSP supremo Mayawati and the ruling SP in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday extended his favoured suit-boot analogy to criticize Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Rs. 15 lakh monogrammed suit. He also punned colloquially about the failure of the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and said while the “elephant” has eaten all the money, the “cycle” is standing “punctured” in the state.
“Haathi saara paisa kha gaya. Hathi ko apne maar ke bhaga diya (elephant–the election symbol of BSP–ate all the money and then you chased it out),” Gandhi said while addressing a public meeting on the sixth day of his yatra.
“Phir aap cycle (SP’s election symbol) laaye. Ye paanch saal se phansi hui hai, hil nahi rahi hai. Uska tyre puncture hai aur apko ration card nahi dila pa rahi hai (Then you voted for SP’s cycle which has been stranded for past five years. It’s tyre is punctured and is not moving. The party could not provide ration cards to you),” he said attacking SP.
“Modi is busy paying off the debts of industrialists. Have you ever seen a photograph of Modi’s with any farmer? You won’t find one, because (that would mean) he has to get his clothes dirty. His Rs. 15 lakh suit will get dirty, that’s why he doesn’t come mingle with you. (Instead) he goes to America to meet (US President) Obama,” Rahul said addressing farmers in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh.
“Modiji apni duniya mein mast rehte hain…jaisa mainey kaha tha ‘janata trast, Modiji mast’ (Modiji is happy in his own world. As I had said earlier, the public is in trouble but Modiji is happy)…his attention is either in America or Japan.
“He made tall promises that everyone will get Rs. 15 lakh in their bank accounts, the youth will get employment and bullet trains will be run. When will they get Rs. 15 lakh? When will the youth get employment and bullet trains? Even the regular train fares have been hiked,” he said.
Appealing to people to vote for Congress in the upcoming elections, Rahul said, “Now you should think about the hand (Congress’s election symbol) and then see what we do about ration (cards) and farmers.”
The Gandhi scion, who is on his 2500 km ‘Deoria to Dilli yatra’ to connect with the masses in the run-up to the 2017 state Assembly polls, resumed his yatra from Azamgarh and after holding series of meeting in Mau he will reach Ghazipur.