Rahul to pose question a day to corner Modi

Last Updated 29 November 2017, 15:56 IST

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday turned the heat on Prime Minister Narendra Modi through a social media campaign - 'Gujarat Maange Hisaab' (Gujarat demands accountability).

"My first question to the prime minister on the situation in Gujarat. In 2012, a promise was made to give 50 lakh new homes. In five years, 4.72 lakh houses were built. Will the prime minister answer whether he will take 45 years to fulfil his promise," Rahul tweeted.

Congress spokesperson Deepender Hooda said Rahul would ask one question every day to the prime minister on the promises he had made to the people of Gujarat during the 2012 Assembly elections.

'22 saalo ka hisaab, Gujarat maange jawaab' (Gujarat seeks answers for 22 years) is the Congress's campaign designed to put the BJP in a spot.

The BJP has been in power in Gujarat since 1995 and the Congress believes that its chances of defeating Modi in his home state are bright as the voters are unhappy over demonetisation and GST.

The controversy over Rahul's aide mentioning the Congress vice-president's name in a register meant for 'non-Hindus' at the Somnath Temple was seen by Hooda as a deliberate attempt by the BJP to divert its campaign on economic issues.

"The questions raised by the BJP exposes their mental bankruptcy. Rahul Gandhi is an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva," Hooda said.

Hooda said the BJP was facing a lot of heat in Gujarat from all sections of the electorate and was keen to divert attention from its own failure at governance.

He said Rahul will keep the focus on misgovernance by the BJP by raising one question every day on Modi's performance in Gujarat.

"We hope that the prime minister, who ruled the state for 12 years, would answer the questions put by Rahul," Hooda said.

(Published 29 November 2017, 15:52 IST)

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