New Delhi, Apr 20: Rahul Gandhi today led the opposition attack in the Lok Sabha on the Narendra Modi government over the problems being faced by farmers, saying it had "failed" them and specifically targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over it.
In his first speech in the Budget Session, the Congress Vice President said the government was "ignoring" the farming community and favouring the industrialists and rich people, which was a "blunder" as the farmers will 'harm" BJP in future.
Taking digs at the Prime Minister, he said Modi "should switch over to the side of farmers and labourers from that of high and mighty and industrialists" as it will benefit BJP politically and harm Congress.
"I will offer an advice to the Prime Minister. He will gain politically if he changes sides as farmers are over 67 per cent of population. You are making a blunder by harming farmers and labourers and they will harm you in future. If you switch over to their side it will help you and may harm us," he said.
Rahul, who was absent in the House during the first part of the Budget session as he was away, said he has been wondering over the Prime Minister's policies, which were "affecting" farmers, since Modi knows the "political calculations" and has just won the elections.
"Then it occurred to me that the price of farmers' land has been rising and your corporate friends covet these lands. You are weakening the farmers now and then use this axe of land ordinance to hit them," he said, charging that the government wanted to acquire land to help industrialists.
Though Congress vice president tried his level best to corner the Modi government, but it seems people have not really liked his speech and thus, have given a completely different reaction to it.
As soon as he began his speech, #RahulRoar started trending on Twitter and soon after that, #PappuMeows came as a rebuttal on the micro blogging site.
Here are a few tweets:
(With inputs from agencies)