Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday targeted the BJP-led Government at the Centre over the price rise issue, seeking to know why the rates of essential commodities were skyrocketing at a time when oil prices were at record low in international market.
He said the Narendra Modi Government’s policies are benefiting only a few top industrialists of the country and took potshots at the NDA’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.
“When UPA Government was in power, the petrol price (in global market) was USD 150 a barrel. Now this has come down to USD 29 per barrel. I want to know where have these lakhs of crores of money, which have been saved on account of lower oil prices, have gone? Why the prices of pulses have shot up to Rs 230 a kg?” he asked.
“This is happening because the Modi Government’s polices are benefiting only top 2-3 industrialists of the country. When our Government was in power, we worked for the benefit of the common people,” the Amethi MP said.
He took potshots over make Modi’s Make in India initiative and asked the Prime Minister to visit Dharavi, a sprawling slum locality in the heart of Mumbai, and see for himself how entrepreneurship works.
“Modiji you should first come here in Dharavi (which houses hundreds of small-scale industries) and see the kind of entrepreneurial works that takes place here. First complete Make in Dharavi, then only Make in India would bear fruit,” the Congress Vice-President said.
People of Dharavi are capable of doing wonders as far as manufacturing (the focus of Make in India campaign) is concerned, he said.