'Empty promises' will cost Modi 2019 polls, predicts Rahul

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that Narendra Modi-led NDA government will pay a heavy price in the Lok Sabha polls in 2019 for making "empty promises" in the past four years.

"The Modi government has completed four years and he has only made big speeches. Now, just one year is left, and the same trend is bound to continue. After that, Modi is sure to lose the next elections," the Congress chief said addressing the party's Janaashirvaada Yatra rally ahead of the Assembly elections here.

Rahul, at the same time, also made it a point to play an emotional card recalling how Chikkamagaluru helped his grandmother the late Indira Gandhi take political re-birth post-Emergency after her historic win in the Lok Sabha byelection of 1978 from the Malnad constituency.

"You gave my grandmother the strength to come to the aid of the poor and the hapless. Even I have the same political commitment as her," the Nehru-Gandhi scion claimed.

Drawing a comparison between Modi and former primer minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee,  Rahul said though Vajpayee was a leader from an Opposition party, he had always respected the people. "I have heard several of his speeches and not once did he claim that he was responsible for India's progress, like Modi has been doing," he added.

He mocked at the prime minister on the issue of corruption. Modi lectures on zero-corruption policy while sharing the stage with the BJP leaders who had been to jail. The chief ministerial candidate chosen by Modi had gone to jail, he added, indirectly referring to BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa.

Rahul also raked up the Doklam issue and charged Modi with not taking any action to protect the sovereignty of the country. China has taken up fresh road construction in the area, but the prime minister has maintained a stoic silence. "China is building helipads and airports at our borders in Doklam, but Modi is silent," he added.

 

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