Rahul mocks PM Modi's Bihar package promise, fears it may go OROP way
Amethi, Aug 18: Rahul Gandhi today made light of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of a Rs 1.25 lakh crore package for poll-bound Bihar, saying he is in the habit of giving such promises for votes and feared it would go the "One Rank One Pension" way.
The Congress Vice President also said that Modi has funds for Bihar package, but when it comes to ex-servicemen, he cites shortage of money.
"Modi had promised OROP during Lok Sabha elections. Has the promise been fulfilled?" Rahul retorted when his comments were sought on Modi's Bihar package. Ex-servicemen are agitating in Delhi for implementation of Government's promise of One Rank, One Pension(OROP). Rahul was talking to reporters in Raniganj village in Shukulbazar on the first day of his visit.
On his first visit to Amethi after the Monsoon session of Parliament which saw Congress creating a storm over issues like Vyapam scam, Lalit Modi row and Land Acquisition Bill, Rahul also made a scathing attack on the Modi government, accusing it of working only for the sake of capitalists.
"Modi spoke about package in Bihar. By making such promises, time is wasted. He speaks and people listen and then comes another promise. BJP and Modi ji think that the whole world lives in dreams.
"But the world works to earn their money and this is a joke that is happening. And they are thinking that the countrymen will not understand this. Give them 1.5 lakh crore rupees and they will be in agreement... That if they (people) are made promises of job, they will fall (for them)," he said at an interaction with locals.
The Congress leader reminded people of Modi's promise of getting back black money from abroad and depositing Rs 15 lakh in the bank account of every citizen on coming to power.
"What happened to the promise," he posed, adding Modi was only luring the people of Bihar by promising a bountiful package. Rahul also charged the Modi government with changing the parameters of measuring the economic growth to claim that it was growing at a good rate.
"Finance Minister Arun Jaitley does not want to say that India is not growing at a rapid pace. He has changed the way the GDP is measured. The whole world is saying what have you done?" he said.
The Congress vice president also claimed credit for the government's failure in getting the parliamentary nod for the amended land bill, saying his party "saved" the farmers land by putting up a fight in Parliament.
He alleged that the land bill smacked of Modi government's intention to snatch land from farmers and give it to capitalists. "Narendra Modi government is working only for the sake of capitalists," he said while interacting with people in Pure Ladai village.