Uttar Pradesh Polls 2017
Those Involved in Scams, see it Everywhere, Says Rahul Gandhi
KANPUR: Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his ‘SCAM’ jibe, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on 5th February, 2016 alleged that one who was in the wrong saw a scam in everything, while SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said the acronym stood for “Save Country from Amit Shah and Modi.”
Addressing a joint rally here with Shri Akhilesh Yadav, Shri Gandhi urged voters to ensure that the outcome of the Bihar election was repeated in U.P.
“Whenever Modi is nervous, he starts giving labels PPE, ABC, DEF, GHY. Now this SCAM ... A person who is in the wrong, sees a scam everywhere because this is his reality,” Shri Gandhi said, adding that the Congress-Samajwadi alliance had made Shri Modi jittery.
“S in fact stands for ‘service’, C for ‘courage’, A for ‘ability’ and M for ‘modesty’,” he said at the rally on the government intercollege ground here.
With the first phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections less than a week away, Congress Vice-President Shri Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Akhilesh Yadav are holding a joint rally at Kanpur. On 4th February, 2017, the two had held a rally in Agra. Their first joint press conference and maiden road show took place in Lucknow last month. Shri Rahul had also compared the alliance between the Samajwadi Party and Congress with the confluence of the rivers of Ganga and Yamuna that join at ‘sangam’ to form the river Saraswati.
While attacking Shri Modi over the note ban, the Congress Vice-President said, “Demonetisation has hurt the poor the most. Do not raise these slogans [denouncing Modi], but vote for the Congress-SP alliance and ensure that Modi never utters the name of Uttar Pradesh again, the same way he forgot to say Bihar after the Assembly elections there.”
“After UP elections, PM Modi will realise what the people think of demonetization. People of UP will not buy your lies, PM Modi,” said Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi.
Shri Rahul Gandhi said Shri Modi was “afraid of the youth, who would give a befitting response to him in the Uttar Pradesh elections as he gave the slogan of ‘Make in India’, made promises, but provided no jobs”.
Shri Akhilesh Yadav, who reached an hour ahead of Shri Rahul Gandhi, also took on the Prime Minister for his ‘SCAM’ taunt, alleging that the Modi government had given nothing to the people but false promises in its tenure while the Samajwadi Party had delivered the goods. Hailing the Congress SP tie-up, UP Chief Minister Shri Akhilesh Yadav said, “A true friend is one who is bighearted. If you befriend a mean person, you will only suffer. We had an alliance with the Congress because both of us are large hearted.”
Declaring that their combined objective was to “defeat the fascist forces,” respond to “politics of hate” and counter divisive ideology, the two leaders said that the Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance would usher in a “storm of development”. The leaders also released the joint campaign slogan ‘UP koh yeh saath pasand hai’ (UP likes this alliance).
The state will be voting for a new government in a seven-phase election between February 11 and March 8. Out of the 403 assembly seats, the Congress will be contesting on 105 seats and the Samajwadi Party will field its candidates in rest of the 298 seats.
PM Modi deceived youth by making false promise of providing employment: Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi
Shamli (UP): Launching a scathing attack at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on 6th February, 2017 said the former had made false promise of providing employment opportunity to the youth.
“Prime Minister Modi has made promise that he will provide employment to the youth but it never happened. He made false promise,” Shri Gandhi said while addressing an election rally in Shamli.
The Congress vice-president further said that the main objective of the grand old party is to provide employment opportunity to the youth of the Uttar Pradesh.
Highlighting the rising farmer’s suicide, Gandhi said that Prime Minister have no time to pay heed to the plights of the poor farmer.
“The poor farmers have hope that Prime Minister Modi would listen to their plight but the latter does not have even one second for them,” he added
With the first phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls barely a week away from commencing, Shri Gandhi retorted to Prime Minister Modi’s ‘SCAM’ barb, stating that a person “who is involved in scams sees scam everywhere”.
The people of Uttar Pradesh will be voting for a new government in seven-phase elections between February 11 and March 8.
The Congress will be contesting in 105 seats and the Samajwadi Party will be contesting in 298 seats out of the 403 assembly seats.
In Mathura, Rahul Gandhi Attacks PM Modi on Demonetisation
MATHURA: Congress Vice-President Shri Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he had failed the farmers and youth of the country. Addressing a rally in Mant town of Mathura district in Western Uttar Pradesh on 7th February, 2016, he accused the Prime Minister of having an “indifferent attitude” towards the farmers as well as youths.
“Modiji had promised in the previous elections that he will give 2 crore jobs to the youth. But I want to ask you all how much employment has he given to you? He hasn’t given any employment,” Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi said.
“We have everything here. We have sugarcane, wheat, guavas, but our farmers are committing suicide... A farmer sells potatoes but does not get any profit for it. The middlemen take away all the money,” he said.
Attacking the Prime Minister on the notes ban issue, he said farmers were forced to deposit their money in banks and a limit on withdrawal was imposed so loans could be given to his “favourite business barons”. PM Modi, he said, has waived off industrialists’ loans worth Rs.1.1 lakh crore, but did not waive off the loans of farmers.
“Farmers were forced to deposit their money in the bank during demonetization, and a limit on withdrawal was imposed by the Prime Minister so that loan to his favourite business baron may be given,” Shri Rahul Gandhi said. Due to the “indifferent attitude” of the Central government, the labourers from the state have been forced to work in Maharashtra and Karnataka
The alliance between the Congress and Samajwadi Party, he said, will address the concerns of farmers and youths. If the alliance is voted to power, he said he had asked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to set up coaching centres to help youths get picked in competitive exams for entrance into IITs and IIMs.
Alleging that PM Modi has given huge bank loans to industrialists, he said, “The fate of UP would have changed had the youths been given loan of one crore each for setting up their establishment or industry”.
Rahul, Akhilesh take on Modi at joint rally in Meerut, responded After Modi’s ‘BJP Storm’ Remark
MEERUT: Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi and Chief Minister of UP Shri Akhilesh Yadav on 7th February, 2017 attacked BJP and BSP claiming the “Samajwadi PartyCongress storm” sweeping Uttar Pradesh will “blow them away” and “finish” Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is “trying to bring Company Raj” in India.
Addressing a joint poll rally in Meerut, the Congress VicePresident said they will not allow BJP to “spread hatred” in Uttar Pradesh which a “state of peace and harmony”. “As soon as Congress-Samajwadi Party joined hands, the alliance’s storm hit the state. This storm will finish Narendra Modi, BJP, Mayawati and BSP,” he told his supporters.
Referring to the 1857-Meerut uprising, Shri Rahul Gandhi told the gathering, “You taught the British a lesson.” “People had fought to free the country of the Company Raj. But, today Narendra Modi is bringing a kind of Company Raj in India,” Shri Rahul Gandhi alleged.
He again levelled allegations against PM Modi that he was favouring a few corporates. He claimed the government has waived “Rs 1.10 lakh crore” owed by the “richest 50 families” but “didn’t give a penny” to the poor.
He asked the gathering if “Rs 15 lakh” as promised by the BJP during the Lok Sabha poll campaign has been deposited in their accounts and also if the youths got employment as promised by the PM Modi government.
In his attack on the PM over the “storm” remarks, Shri Akhilesh Yadav said if there is any “aandhi (storm)” in the state, it is for making the SP-Congress alliance government.
Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his ‘SCAM’ jibe, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh said, ‘’I wonder why PM included Mayawati’s name in ‘SCAM’, They have allied thrice to form govt. in UP’’. He further said that Mayawati celebrated Raksha Bandhan with BJP three times and that UP will not forget that.
Hailing the Congress-SP tie-up, Congress Vice-President said, ‘’Modi ji se hum kehna chaahte hain, UP ek saath khada hai, isay toda nahi ja sakta hai (I want to tell something to Modiji that UP.’’ He further said, ‘’We want UP to be the food factory of the world & help small businesses.’’
Striking a note of communal unity, Rahul said, “Let us give Modiji a clear message that UP is a land of love with no place for him to spread hatred. Our alliance will work for all, particularly poor, youth and women in the state.”
‘India Had A Donald Trump In The Form of Narendra Modi’ 2 years Ago, Jibes Rahul Gandhi
BUlANDSHAHR, UTTAR PRADESH: Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said on 8th February, 2017, that the United States elected Donald Trump as President, but India had a “Trump” in the form of Narendra Modi two-and-a-half years ago.
Addressing an election rally at the Government Polytechnic Ground in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, he also raked up the Prime Minister’s decision to ban 500-and 1,000-rupee notes, saying all sections of society suffered losses due to the Centre’s demonetization move.
“The United States of America had recently elected Donald Trump in the seat, but India had a Trump in the form of (Narendra) Modi two-and-a-half years ago,” he said.
Claiming that farmers were unable to buy fertilizers, seeds for potato sowing due to demonetization, he alleged that many people died in the long queues to get their currency notes exchanged “but the government at the Centre never bothered to make any ex-gratia payment to the persons who suffered.”
The Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi said that in order to encourage artisan and small manufacturers, items made at any particular town across India, the item should bear the name of that town. Elaborating on it, he said, ceramic items made by Khurja potteries should carry the mark ‘Made in Khurja’ instead of ‘Made in India’.
Farmers are facing ‘burey din’: Rahul Gandhi
Expressing confidence that SPCongress combine will form the next government in Uttar Pradesh, Gandhi said there is a wave in favour of the alliance in the state.
Hathras: Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi on 8th February, 2017 took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his promise of “achche din” had come true only for industrialists as the country’s farmers were facing with “burey din”.
“Achche din have come only for the industrialists in the country but for farmers burey din have come (during the Modi government),” he said addressing an election meeting at the Bangla College here.
“The farmers of the country are faced with financial problems,” he said. Expressing confidence that SP-Congress combine will form the next government in Uttar Pradesh, Shri Gandhi said there is a wave in favour of the alliance in the state.
Noting that Hathras is famous for its potato crop, Rahul said farmers here are troubled because of the demonetisation decision.
He also paid glowing tributes to renowned satirist Kaka Hathrasi who was born here.
‘He likes Peeping Into others’ Bathrooms,’ Says Rahul Gandhi, In Jibe at PM Narendra Modi
lucknow: Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his “raincoat” barb at his predecessor Dr Manmohan Singh, Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi said that the PM likes “peeping into others’ bathrooms”.
“I understand that Modi ji likes to read janampatri (horoscope), search Google and peep into the bathrooms of people...but he is a failure as a Prime Minister... He (Modi) can do this (peeping into bathrooms) in his free time,” Shri Rahul Gandhi, said at a joint press conference on 11th February, 2017 with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav whose Samajwadi Party has partnered with the Congress for elections in Uttar Pradesh.
“The country’s biggest problem is lack of jobs. Modi promised two crore jobs but has not fulfilled even one per cent of his promise. Modi talks a lot about security, terrorism and surgical strikes.”
“But the result is we have suffered most number of casualties in the last seven years. Over 90 of our security personnel have been killed,” said Shri Rahul Gandhi while referring to the Indian Army’s September 29 surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied territory.
“The Prime Minister is apprehensive of Uttar Pradesh polls result. The result will give him a big shock, will put a question mark on his credibility. That is why he is saying such things,” he added.
Chief minister of UttarPradesh Shri Akhilesh Yadav, who unveiled the alliance’s common minimum programme, joined Mr Gandhi in attacking the Prime Minister. “Some people do mann ki baat but no kaam ki baat (all talk, no actions),” the 43-year old sarcastically remarked, referring to the PM’s monthly radio programme.
‘Make in UP’ Rahul Gandhi’s reply to Modi’s ‘Make In India’ plan
Where are the 2 crore jobs youth were promised by PM
BAREIlly: On the last day of campaigning for the second phase of polling on 13th February, 2017, Congress VicePresident Shri Rahul Gandhi went hammer and tongs after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign saying, ‘Babbar sher (Make in India’s logo) ke muh se chuhe ki awaz aati hai (The lion sounds like mouse now).” He promised that if the SP-Congress combine comes to power, it would promote “make in UP” products.
Initially a Gandhi-Akhilesh road show was planned but was cancelled at the last moment.
Addressing a rally at Bishop Mondol grounds here, Shri Rahul Gandhi said, “We will strengthen cottage industries to food processing industries in the state unlike Modi who has strengthened only 50 industrialists in the country.”
Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi slammed PM Modi for making false promises. He said, “PM had made a commitment to generate two crore jobs but his minister confirmed that they could provide jobs to only one lakh youths in a year.”
Referring to the row over Chinese manja (kite string) in Bareilly, the Congress leader said, “Chinese manjha will be replaced by Bareilly manjha. Similarly, people will have things with a tag of ‘made in UP’ if we are voted to power.”
On the demonetization issue, Shri Rahul Gandhi said, “No ‘suitboot wala’ was seen standing in long queues outside ATMs and banks but note ban hit the poor so hard that some lost their lives while standing in lines.”
Taking up Modi’s stand that demonetisation was directed against those with black money, Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi wondered why the Modi government could not bring back money stashed in foreign banks.
Describing Modi government as anti-farmer, the Congress Vice President Shri Rahul Gandhi said. “The Centre is waiving loans of big industrialists, but is not doing anything for farmers and the poor. Congress has repeatedly requested the BJP government to waive loans of farmers but Modiji maintains a stoic silence on the issue. He cannot even speak about the matter in Parliament. On top of that, after demonetisation, 10% of the poor people’s money is going to a private e-commerce companies,” he said.
Rahul Gandhi explains demonetisation - Take money from ‘poor’, give it to ‘wealthy’
Bijnor , (Uttar Pradesh) : Addressing a Congress rally in Bijnor on 13th February, 2017 Congress Vice-President Shri Rahul Gandhi took a dig on demonetisation implemented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November last year.
“Friends look inside your wallets, the Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes you see, your rightfully earned money. I have an idea, I am going to turn your money into mere paper,” said Shri Rahul Gandhi.
“Black money is in possession of fifty families, is in Swiss Bank accounts and real estate. But I do not see that money, I only see the rightfully earned money inside your wallets,” he added.
Reiterating his previous statements, Shri Rahul Gandhi also mentioned that the aim of demonetization was to benefit the corrupt and the wealthy.
“I will explain demonetization in one sentence - Take money from the poor, give it to fifty wealthy families.”
Later, addressing a rally in Bareilly, he claimed that the “wrong policies” of the Centre and demonetisation of high value currency notes were responsible for the poor state of small and traditional enterprises, including the local ‘manjha and surma’ industry.
Accusing Modi of favouring some business houses, Shri Rahul Gandhi said when he met the PM in his office, he had asked him to waive the loans of sugarcane farmers, but “got no assurances”.
“Instead of waiving farmer’s loans, he had waived the loans of some business houses. If a farmer fails to pay his debt he called a thief but when a businessman, who had taken a loan of several crores, escapes abroad, then he is merely declared as ‘defaulter’,” he said.
Speaking on the Congress-Samajwadi Party (SP) alliance, Shri Rahul Gandhi said that Modi is scared of the political merger.
“You must have noticed that Modi’s face looks frightened. The confidence he had while speaking of UP has dropped now,” said Shri Rahul Gandhi.