Jaipur, Aug 11: In a direct attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the multi-crore Rafale jet deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that the PM is behind the scam.
Addressing a rally in Rajasthan the Congress chief said "UPA govt had bought an airplane for Rs 540 crore while PM Modi himself gave Rs 1600 crore to the French company for 1 aircraft."
"PM Modi didn't look in my eyes in Parliament because they have looted people money through Rafale deal. Why has the Indian government bought one Rafale worth Rs. 1,600 crore, he questioned."
"According to the new contract, the PM Modi himself bought each fighter jet for Rs. 16,000 crore, over three times the price," he said.
Taking the example of neighbouring China, he said, Chinese government used to provide jobs to 50,000 young people in 24 hours whereas PM has failed in his promise. "PM Modi said he will give jobs to the youth every year. I want to tell you the truth.
In 24 hours, China government gives jobs to 50,000 young people. Your phones say "Made in China" because, in China, so many people are getting jobs. They work in cell phone factories. In the last 4 years, PM Modi said he will give jobs to 2 crore people. It is shameful, our population is like China and I believe that our youth is more powerful than the youth in China," said Rahul.
"It is shameful, our population is like China and I believe that our youth is more powerful than the youth in China,"he further said.
"PM said Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao. But government didn't tell you who to save your daughters from. In UP, a BJP MLA rapes a girl and not a word from the PM," said Rahul Gandhi in Rajasthan.
Congress president also said, "In the last 2 years, Modi Ji's government has waived off loans worth Rs. 2,00,000 Crore of 15 businessmen. I asked for loan waivers for farmers, to which his response was, silence." Rajasthan is likely to go to poll later this year.
According to AICC general secretary Avinash Pande, Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to discuss the roadmap and strategy for the polls and guide the party leaders and workers during his visit.
Rahul Gandhi was greeted by Congress supporters in the city where he will conduct a roadshow, which will go on for 13 kilometres on a bus.