Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Under united oppn, Modi may even lose Varanasi in 2019: Rahul Gandhi

Under united oppn, Modi may even lose Varanasi in 2019: Rahul Gandhi

Yesterday, at the occasion of the BJP's Foundation Day in Mumbai, Amit Shah had equated opposition parties to "snakes" and "mongoose, dogs and cats" who are stitching up alliance despite their differences to take on Modi-led BJP in the next year's Lok Sabha elections. BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said Gandhi was drawing a leaf from Hitler's propaganda driven by the "big lie technique" that a lie repeated a thousand times would be taken as truth with time.

"Frankly, I don't see the BJP winning the next election". "We will listen to your mann ki baat and give a government that will look after your interests", the Congress president said.

"Nirav Modi is an example, Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi, Piyush Goyal. they are all examples", Mr Gandhi said.

The Congress leader's exercise is seen as an attempt to attract voters in Bengaluru and its surrounding regions, which has a total of 28 Assembly seats.

"The natural sort of political environment where there is a little bit of acrimony, but not hatred, needs to be restored", he said.

The source said Siddaramaiah bought six books for Rahul Gandhi, which included "A History of God" by Karen Armstrong, "The Art of Living" by Thich Nhat Hanh and "The Goat Thief" by Perumal Murugan.

"I have no confusion in my mind that the only group of people who can compete with China and generate the number of jobs that India requires are going to come from small and medium enterprises", Gandhi said. The problem in India is that the person doing the most hard work is not rewarded and the person doing the easiest work is rewarded. The leader said, "The only way for the government to instill faith in it among youngsters is to create jobs by competing with China, which will be India's competitor for the next 30 years". The proprietor of the restaurant showed him pictures of his great grandfather and the first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his grandmother and former prime minister Indira Gandhi relishing food there, the source said.

Taking a swipe at Shah, the Congress chief said it was the mentality that there were only two or three people in this country "who are worth anything, who understand everything and everybody else is a worthless person".

The leader also slammed PM Modi's dream bullet train project and claimed it was just a showpiece and poorly conceptualised. "Is Karnataka not a part of India according to PM Modi?"

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