Hitting out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday in Madhya Pradesh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that the saffron party has destroyed the entire Panchayati system in the country.
While addressing the Congress Sankalp Yatra at Morena, Rahul Gandhi said, “BJP governments at Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh has weakened the Panchayati Raj.” “BJP opposed this Land Acquisition Bill but we fought to pass this bill. Now, BJP is killing this bill in BJP governed states,” he accused.
He further stated that Congress had strengthened the nation through the implementation of the Green Revolution and White Revolution. “Green Revolution & White Revolution empowered farmers and strengthened the nation. Empowering each individual has enabled us to compete against global superpowers like the USA,” said Gandhi.
Referring to the MNREGA scheme, Rahul asserted that Congress wants to empower grassroots administrations. “Our intention was to empower grassroots administrations like Panchayat who are chosen by you. And any contention for land acquisition should be resolved in Panchayats. MNREGA was another example for this,” he added.
Rahul Gandhi, on the occasion, also claimed that amount allocated by MNREGA has been stolen by Nirav Modi. “Congress allocated ₹35,000Cr to MNREGA. But BJP is taking away all the funds allocated to this scheme. Today, the amount allocated by Congress to MNREGA is the same stolen by Nirav Modi,” he alleged.
Lambasting Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over Vijay Mallya case, Rahul Gandhi said, Vijay Mallya stole ₹10,000Cr. He fled to London the day after he met FM.” “No action is taken against Nirav Modi or Vijay Mallya, but a farmer protesting for a piece of his land is jailed,” he slammed BJP.
Also referring to a massive corruption in Rafale deal, the Congress president said, “Rafale deal given to HAL would’ve created hundreds of jobs in India. But PM Modi steals this from HAL and gives the ₹30,000Cr contract to Anil Ambani’s company.”