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Sidhu calls Modi 'puppet of capitalists'

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Chhindwara (MP), Nov 22: In a scathing attack on the Prime Minister, Punjab minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday alleged that Narendra Modi was a "katputli (puppet) of capitalists".

The cricketer-turned-politician was speaking at a Congress campaign rally here ahead of the November 28 assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh.

Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu

Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu

"The prime minister is a 'katputli' of capitalists and he lies. If a farmer fails to repay a loan of Rs one lakh, the government beats drums," he said, apparently referring to an initiative where bank officials arranged beating of drums to shame defaulters.

"... But when (industrialists) Adani and Ambani do not repay 1.5 lakh crore, you do 'Pappi-Jhappi' with them (embrace them). Does the Modi government belong to Adani and Ambani?" Sidhu asked.

PM Modi

PM Modi

In a jibe at the prime minister's Make In India initiative, he said, "When Rafale jets will come from France and bullet train from Japan, what will people do here? They will fry pakodas."

Sidhu slammed Modi govt over handling of farmer issues

Sidhu slammed Modi govt over handling of farmer issues

Claiming that the Modi government did not pay fair prices to farmers for their produce and the diesel price has been increased by Rs 6 and has reached Rs 82 per litre, he said this was not "arthshastra" (economics) but "anarthshastra" (policy of disaster).

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However, BJP Madhya Pradesh spokesperson Sarvesh Tiwari said,"Sidhu has no right to comment on the prime minister. He is himself hungry of power and has no principles, as he jumps from party to party."

People of Madhya Pradesh have launched a scheme called "Change BJP government", Sidhu claimed.

MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, popularly known as 'Mama' (uncle), is in reality "Kans Mama" (a demon from Krishna mythology), he said. The BJP spokesperson said,"The Congress is day dreaming, they will never win the polls in Madhya Pradesh." Some 100 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers joined the Congress in Sidhu's presence on the occasion.

OneIndia News with PTI inputs

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