Ranchi: Against the backdrop of airstrikes in Pakistan, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday that while the Air Force protects the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stole its Rs 30,000 crore to give it to Anil Ambani.
Rahul, who was addressing a public meeting here, alleged: “Indian Air Force (IAF) protects the country. Air Force pilots sacrifice their lives but our Prime Minister steals money from the Air Force, and puts it in Anil Ambani’s pockets. It is a shame.”
He further alleged the Prime Minister not only robs the IAF but also steals money from farmers, small businessmen, and other common people.
IAF on February 26 targetted training camps of Jaish-e-Mohammad led by Masood Azhar at Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in retaliation of Pulwama terror attack on February 14, in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed.
“Initially, the people used to say ‘Acche din aayenge.’ Now everybody says ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai.’ What they did in these four and a half years that the people were forced to change the slogan,” he asked.
Claiming the Congress waives off farmers’ loans, he said: “Prime Minister Modi can waive off the loans of his 15 friends but cannot do the same for poor, farmers and others. He has waived a loan of Rs 3.5 lakh crore of his 15 friends, but that amount does not include the waiver of any farmer or poor.”
“We waived off the loans of farmers in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan within 10 days of coming to power,” he said.
Recalling the welfare centric initiatives of the Congress party, Gandhi said: “Congress introduced the Land Acquisition Bill, and Tribal Rights Act to protect illegal acquisition of Adivasi land.”
“There were protests in Niyamgiri and Bhatta Parsaul. We stood with the Tribal community and introduced the Tribal Rights Act. When Modi came to power, the first thing he did was to weaken these laws,” he said.
Talking about the prospects of Congress party in the coming Lok Sabha polls in Jharkhand, Rahul said: “Our alliance is going to win all 14 seats in the coming Lok Sabha elections.”
“We are going to win all 14 Lok Sabha seats in the state. In the coming Lok Sabha polls, we are going to remove the ‘Chowkidaar’ from power in Delhi. Congress party, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) have decided to unite to defeat the BJP in the poll,” he said.