Will die but won’t insult Modi’s parents: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that he would prefer to die than insult Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parents. Gandhi was addressing an election meeting in Ujjain in the context of Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacking his father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi for corruption and calling him ‘Bhrashtrachari No. 1′.

Gandhi said that he does not hate anyone. “But Narendra Modi ji insults my father. He speaks about my grandmother and grandfather. I will never speak about Modi’s family and parents. I will die but will never insult Modiji’s parents because I am not an RSS man. I am a Congressman,” said Rahul Gandhi. He addressed two more meetings in Neemuch and Khandwa districts, all in Malwa-Nimad region goes to polls on May 19 in the final phase.

Modi was in Madhya Pradesh to address an election meeting at Ratlam in the region. Gandhi said, “Modi ji does not talk about farmers’ suicide, unemployment and corruption but in his interviews he tells how he eats mango, how he peels mango and how did he cut the sleeves of his kurta to save space in his bag.”

Ridiculing the Prime Minister’s recent statement in an interview with a TV news channel that clouds helped Air Force’s fighter planes avoid radars in Pakistan during Balakot air strike, the Congress president asked, “when there is storm and rain in India, do all the planes disappear from radar?”

Referring to the police firing on farmers in Mandsaur in 2017 which had left 5 farmers dead, Gandhi said the Prime Minister did not say anything when the police opened fire at farmers. He said that he had kept his promise to farmers and waived off their loans but wondered why Modiji was saying that the loans were not waived. “Even the loans of Niranjan Singh and Rohit Singh, belonging to former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s family were waived.”

Gandhi said no farmer would go to jail for non-payment of their loans after the Congress was voted to power. “There would be two budgets, including one for farmers.” Regarding the Congress’ promise on NYAY scheme to give Rs. 72,000 annually to 50 million poor families, he reiterated his charges on the PM with regard to Rafale deal.

He said once Congress was voted to power, money would be taken away from the pockets of Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Anil Ambani and would be given to the poor. State BJP vice-president Vijesh Lunawat said, ” Rahul Gandhi fearing rout in 2019 elections and that is why targeting the PM Modi in his election speeches. He is trying to save his chair and position in the Congress.”