Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the latter’s claim of being the ‘adopted son’ of Uttar Pradesh, saying relationships don’t develop just by talking but by nurturing. With his sister and party’s star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi on the dais with him, Gandhi accused Modi of making “hollow promises” at a public meeting here in the constituency represented by his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. “He [Modi] makes relationships wherever he goes...He went to Varanasi and termed Ganga as his mother and said he was the son of Varanasi... In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, he promised to change Varanasi,” he said.
“Modiji, rishtey bolney sey nahin, nibhaney sey bante hain [relationships are not developed just by talking but by nurturing],”Rahul said.
Modi has been making promises wherever he goes. “In Bihar [elections], he promised to give special package, was it given?.. I have a list of things that he promised for Varanasi — clean Ganga, ghats, ring road, free WiFi, Bhojpuri Film City. Modiji, you have not even fulfilled the promises you made to your mother,” Gandhi said.
Pointing to the journalists present at his rally, he said, “I urge friends from the media to go there [Varanasi]. I know you are under pressure, but please do your job. Show us if the film city has come up [in Varanasi].” Targeting Modi’s approach to doing things, he stated that the Prime Minister says ‘India is dirty. You clean up. I have to go to America and meet Obama. I’ll check when I’m back’.
Gandhi also hit out at the Prime Minister for likening the Congress—SP alliance to a movie in which rivals befriend each other after the “interval.“
“Like Shah Rukh Khan, Modi too made a film like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and promised ‘Acche Din’ but after two-and-a-half years, Gabbar of Sholay has come,” he said.
Attacking the demonetisation decision, Gandhi said all of a sudden Modi got the idea and decided to convert the hard earned notes of people into plain paper and asked people to go and stand in queues in front of banks.
Making her maiden speech in the ongoing State Assembly polls, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attacked Modi for his “adopted son” remark, asking if the State really needed any leader from outside when it has its own sons.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier too said Varanasi has adopted me and I am like a son of it and will develop it...I felt, does Uttar Pradesh need to adopt anyone from outside,” she said to a cheering crowd.
“Modiji, does the State need to adopt anyone from outside? Is there no youth here?...You have two such youth in Rahulji and Akhileshji before you who have Uttar Pradesh in their hearts and mind,” Priyanka said.
“No outside leader is required. Every single youth of the State can become a leader.... Every single youth here will work for the State and make it progress by leaps and bounds. This is the wish of Rahulji and Akhileshji.”
Making an appeal to voters, she said, “Please ensure the alliance’s victory.”