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Narendra Modi PM of ten industrialists: Rahul Gandhi

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Jamshedpur, Nov 28: Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi, on Friday termed Narendra Modi as industrialists’ prime minister, during electioneering in Jharkhand’s Chaibasa.

The assembly polls in Jharkhand began from November 25. Campaigning for the second phase is on voting for which is slated for December 02.

Rahul Gandhi today took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, saying he had promised employment to people, but instead handed them broomsticks. Taking a jibe at BJP, Rahul said that in the 10 years of rule BJP has only looted Jharkhand.

“Modi had said (in his Lok Sabha campaign) I will alone generate employment… I will alone build factories, roads and airports. But after forming government, he said you people take the broom, I am going to Australia,” Gandhi told an election meeting here in West Singhbhum district.

Describing Modi as the “Prime Minister of ten industrialists” without elaborating, Gandhi said, “We want a development-oriented government rather than a government of moppers.”

The Congress intended to empower people with laws like RTI, MGNREGA and Land Acquisition Act, he said and expressed apprehension on the BJP government’s intention to change it to benefit the capitalists.

Asking the people whether Modi could set up factories, roads and airports ‘alone’, he said Modi wanted to grab power and run the country without taking along the masses.

“The difference between Congress and BJP is that we want to take along people from all sections of the society, while he (Modi) is trying to grab power and govern on his own,” Gandhi said.

The AICC vice-president also claimed it was the Congress which always worked in the interest of tribal population.

The Congress vice-president also alleged that Prime Minister Modi is working only in the interests of industrialists.

“Our Prime Minister is the Prime Minister of only five to ten industrialists. You will learn this over the months – as your land is snatched away from you, when your mines are given away, when water and forests are taken away from you.

The government promised ‘acche din’, but the same government attempted to demolish the houses of hundreds yesterday in New Delhi in this winter,” Gandhi said.

“I have come here to tell you that the Congress will not take even one inch of land from you. The wealth of the forests is yours alone. This country is yours – it does not belong to any businessman. The country belongs to the poor, the adivasis, the Dalits, the women,” he added.

Jharkhand recorded an impressive 62 percent voter turnout in the first phase of assembly elections earlier on Tuesday.

The counting of the votes will take place on December 23.

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