Rahul focuses on J&K during Jharkhand campaign

Rahul focuses on J&K during Jharkhand campaign

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday chose to take his criticisms of the Narendra Modi government over the militant attacks in Kashmir to a campaign in Jharkhand.

The Congress vice-president charged the NDA government with ineptitude in handling terrorist groups in Jammu and Kashmir. “The tourist state (Jammu and Kashmir) has turned into a terrorist state, where innocents are killed by extremists every now and then,” he said during a rally at Kanke in Ranchi.

Interestingly, Rahul spoke more about Jammu and Kashmir than Jharkhand, which will goes to the third phase of polls for 18 seats on December 9. “These people (BJP), when out of power, used to give lengthy lectures on how to handle cross-border terrorism. The last six months’ incidents show how poorly they have handled extremism, particularly in J-K,” he said, trying to draw a parallel on how the BJP had failed to fulfil other promises.
“Has a single penny of black money been brought to the country, brother,” he asked the crowd.

“Similar is their tall promises of making Jharkhand corruption-free. Everybody knows that out of 14 years, the BJP ruled the state for nine years, during which corruption was at its peak. So think judiciously before being carried away by the false promises of the BJP, and then vote decisively on December 9,” said the Congress leader, showing uncharacteristic aggressiveness.

Speaking of Jharkhand

Meanwhile, RJD chief Lalu Prasad launched a blistering attack on the BJP in Deogarh while campaigning for party nominee Suresh Paswan. “What is the price of potato? And  onions?,” Lalu said, kicking off his campaign.

As the crowd said “Rs 30”, the RJD chief counter-questioned them: “Was aaloo (potato) ever expensive during regime of Lalu?”

The rhyme drew laughter from the crowd, which promised the RJD support.
In Hazaribagh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his campaign by paying tributes to the slain army official from Ranchi, Lieutenant Colonel Sankalp Kumar, who was killed in Friday’s militant attack in Uri.

The only son of a retired mechanical engineer, Sanklap had earlier survived a terrorist attack in 2004. “My tributes to this martyr from Jharkhand,” Modi said. The prime minister then blew his own trumpet while speaking about Jan-Dhan Yojana and expressed eagerness to weed out corruption from the state, which he said was “rich in natural resources but poor in development”.

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