Rahul targets Modi over Rs 10-lakh suit

Rahul targets Modi over Rs 10-lakh suit

Rahul targets Modi over Rs 10-lakh suit

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for wearing “Rs 10 lakh suit” during a meeting with United States President Barack Obama but not delivering on his promise of bringing back the black money stashed outside the country.

“Modi said you would all get Rs 15 lakh each; that the black money would be brought back. Did anyone of you get Rs 15 lakh,” he asked the thousands of people at a rally in east Delhi’s Seelampur. The audience replied in the negative. “But Modi wore Rs 10 lakh suit,” he said.

The pinstripe bandhgala suit the PM wore during his talks with Obama in Hyderabad House on Sunday had his full name embroidered all over it.

Addressing the crowd, Gandhi repeated a few highlights from the Congress manifesto such as regularising the jobs of all contractual employees and ensuring the right to home for every poor Delhiite. “There were two or three shortcomings during our 15-year rule here. But we will ensure that every poor person in Delhi gets a roof over his head. I promise a Congress chief minister in Delhi will have these as his first priority,” he said.

He claimed credit for “changing the face of Delhi” by providing flyovers and the metro. “That hospital behind you, the engineering college on your right and the metro in the distance was because of the Congress,” he told the gathering.

Muslim voters form a large population of Seelampur Assembly constituency and the seat is seen as safe for the Congress. Chaudhary Mateen Ahmed has won five straight terms from the area.

Gandhi said the BJP fuelled the recent riots in parts of Delhi. “There was not one riot during our 15-year rule,” he told the gathering. “Neither Kejriwal, nor other AAP leaders visited the riot victims in Trilokpuri,” he added.

The Congress leader took potshots at both Modi and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal during his speech, but did not once mention Kiran Bedi, BJP’s chief ministerial candidate.

Calling the nuclear deal a “liability”, Gandhi said, “If there is any problem in a nuclear plant, the US companies won’t have to pay any compensation. It will be the Indian government which will pay.”