"What has Modi done for the country for the past four years?" Rahul Gandhi asked.

Modi govt stalling no-confidence motion as it is scared Rahul Gandhi in MysuruPTI
news Politics Monday, March 26, 2018 - 12:39

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday accused the Narendra Modi government of stalling a no-confidence motion moved in the Lok Sabha against BJP by the Congress, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress over denial of special status to Andhra Pradesh. He was addressing a rally in Mysuru.

"For the past 10 days, the Modi government is stalling the no-confidence motion as it is scared,” said Gandhi.

"What has Modi done for the country for the past four years?" he added while addressing hundreds of people and party cadres at Mysuru.

On Friday, the Congress had tabled a notice for a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, which was not taken forward due to disruption of the House.

Though Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had said she wanted to take up the no-trust motion for a discussion, she had insisted the house return to order before initiating a debate on the same.

On March 16, TDP and YSR Congress had also moved a no-confidence motions against the government over the issue of special category status for Andhra Pradesh, but these also haven't been taken up for scrutiny in the house so far.

Gandhi also accused Prime Minister Modi of peddling lies. He claimed that the Prime Minister came to power in 2014 by lying to the citizens.

"He (Modi) had promised 2 crore jobs a year for the country's youth if he came to power. But the country is seeing the highest unemployment rate over the last eight years," the Congress chief said in his 30-minute long address delivered in Hindi, which was translated into Kannada.

While then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had nationalised the banks of the country in 1969, Modi had negatively "affected" the banking system and the economy through policies like the note ban, he said.

"Poor Indians were made to stand in queues for their own money during demonetisation, while the wealthy were given an opportunity to convert their black money into white," he alleged.

Terming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Central government as corrupt, he said the only exports India has made are people like diamond jeweller and Punjab National Bank fraud case accused Nirav Modi, liquor baron Vijay Mallya and former Indian Premier League Chairman Lalit Modi.

Mallya is facing an extradition trial in London over money-laundering charges of his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, while Lalit Modi is also facing money-laundering charges.

Gandhi said that the only business that flourished after the note ban was BJP President Amit Shah's son Jay Shah's, which grew from Rs 50,000 to Rs 80 crore within months. 

"When the PM talks of corruption, he doesn't look at his own cabinet, his ministers and Chief Ministers."

He also asserted that his party will defeat the BJP in the coming assembly elections "due to its ideologies".

This is Gandhi's fourth visit to the southern state since February, ahead of the assembly elections due in April-May.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, party state unit president G. Parameshwara, and Lok Sabha party leader Mallikarjun Kharge were among the other party leaders present at the rally.

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