On Amethi's whilwind tour, Rahul attacks BJP, Modi

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Amethi (UP), May 4: With electioneering in Amethi in its last lap, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday launched a frontal attack on the BJP saying its intentions on development issue are not clean and if voted to power, the party intends to abolish welfare schemes introduced by the UPA government.

"I have got information that intentions of the BJP and (Narendra) Modi are not clean. They intend to abolish legislations like food security and employment guarantee," he told an election rally at Tekarmafi.

Pulling out all the stops to woo voters, Gandhi further alleged that Modi's development model was limited to one or two industrialists, of which one was Adani.

The Gandhi scion claimed farmers, who had been deprived of their land in Gujarat, were not being considered as native residents and were being forced to leave the state.

The Congress-led government waived Rs 70,000 crore loan of the farmers, he said adding on the other hand, Modi gave land worth Rs 40,000 crore to Adani alone.

"In Gujarat, 45,000 acre land of farmers was given to Adani at the rate of Rs 1 per square metre which was later sold at the rate of Rs 800 per square metre.

"Before giving land to Adani, Modi didn't ask farmers even once. We fought for Bhatta Parsaul... leading to the enactment of land acquisition law," he said.

"Farmers in Gujarat are a harassed lot. They are being forced to leave the state. They are being told they are not native residents. Some of the farmers met me and narrated their stories," Gandhi said.

The Congress vice-president said he respected women a lot and realised that they played an important role in the working of the country and had, therefore, created opportunities for 12 lakh of them by connecting them with banks.

"Modi talks about giving power to women. I want to tell him that women of India are not weak. They are internally strong. Modi should learn to respect women," he said.

In an apparent reference to the snoopgate row, Gandhi alleged policemen in Gujarat used to tap phones of women and harassed them.


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