Pitching up the election battle, Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi mocked the Congress’s Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) on Saturday.
While, Prime Minister Modi delivered sharp remarks on the Oppositions’s minimum income gurantee scheme (or NYAY) in his campaigning at Theni district in Tamil Nadu, the Congress President retorted by referring to PM’s crony industrialists at Kolar district in Karnataka.
PM Modi commenting on NYAY said, “They are now saying ‘ab hoga nyay’, now there will be justice. This means that they have admitted that they did injustice for 60 years.”
While Rahul Gandhi said, “When we announced NYAY, the face of the chowkidar (PM Modi) changed. It shrank. He asked where will money come from to implement NYAY. I am telling you Modi ji, the money for NYAY will come from your friend Anil Ambani.”
Gandhi further elaborated, “Narendra Modi spoke about giving Rs. 15 lakh to the poor. It was a lie. We dug out the truth. The Congress will deposit Rs. 3.60 lakh rupees in the bank accounts of the poor in five years. The money will go into the bank accounts of women of the beneficiary families.”
Meanwhile, PM Modi voiced on the alliance with AIADMK, Rahul Gandhi made a sharp attack on the Rafale issue.
The Prime Minister said, “I pay my respects to Jayalalitha and MG Ramchandran who lived in and worked for the poor. Theni is the land of Jayalalitha and MG Ramchandran. The Congress was not able to find a candidate who belongs to this region… They must have sensed the mood of the people in this region.”
At Kolar, alleging PM Modi of diverting funds from Indian Air Force (IAF) to Anil Ambani, Gandhi said, “You (PM Modi) talk about corruption but you have given money to Anil Ambani whose firm Reliance defence (an offset partner of French company Dassault Aviation) was credited by stealing Rs 30,000 cr of the Indian Air Force.”
While the BJP supported AIADMK contests for 39 Lok Sabha (LS) seats out of 40 LS strength and 18 assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, the Congress backed JDS (Janata Dal Secular) will contest for 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka.
Gandhi added, “This is a fight between the ideologies of hate and unity. The victory will be of Congress and JDS.”