Patna (DHNS): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday charged Prime Minister Narendra Modi with shielding those involved in corruption cases in BJP-ruled states.
“Na khaoonga, na khane doonga (Neither I will accept bribe nor allow anyone to do so). This is what Modi used to say in every poll campaign last year. But now he is turning a blind eye to corruption cases within his own party,” said Rahul, in an oblique reference to Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, besides Vasundhara and Sushma Swaraj’s Lalit Modi connection.
Rahul was addressing a public meeting while launching his party’s poll campaign at Ramnagar in West Champaran district on Saturday.
Calling Modi a feku (who makes only tall promises), Rahul said: “The promise of depositing Rs 15 lakh (out of black money stashed abroad) in each and every account has not been fulfilled so far. Nor any action taken against CMs of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. The only thing PM knows well is to run down his opponents.”
Though the rally was supposed to be a show of unity among the leaders of the Congress, RJD and the JD (U), the absence of two mass leaders – Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad – provided clear evidence that all is not well within the grand alliance.
Having refused to share dais with Rahul, Lalu deployed his son Tejaswi Yadav. Nitish, who skipped the rally, however, went to Patna airport to receive Rahul and deployed his man friday K C Tyagi, a Rajya Sabha member, to attend the rally.
The NDA has, meanwhile, taken umbrage at Rahul using uncharitable words against the prime minister. “Rahul, who often accuses the PM of being a suit-boot government, should explain how Congress looted the nation through suitcase,” said Bihar BJP vice-president Sanjay Mayukh.