Mounting a fresh offensive against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi today alleged he was more concerned about presentation of his foreign visits and his clothes and took a dig, saying he was seen in “16 dresses” during his recent US visit.
Reviving his “Suit boot ki Sarkar” barb against the Modi government, Gandhi alleged that the Prime Minister was not bothered about the plight of farmers or the poor in India.
“During his recent US visit, Modi was seen in 16 dresses on different occasions,” the Congress vice president said. Modi was in the US from September 24 to 28.
Taking a swipe at Modi’s dresses, he said the Prime Minister is always seen in clothes of different colours and surrounded by bigwigs unlike Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who wears white at all times and “comfortably mingles with people of all hues.”
Gandhi said that Modi is always going on world tours, but he had not seen him standing even once with a farmer or an unemployed youth in India.
“Has anyone among you seen photos of the Prime Minister mingling with the farmers and labourers in torn clothes?” he asked, adding that Modi has never done it as he thinks that the poor people don’t have wisdom.
Gandhi was addressing a series of election rallies in Begusarai and Sheikhpura districts in poll-bound Bihar.
He hit out at the Prime Minister for being surrounded by corporate bigwigs and bureaucrats in ‘suit boot’ and never been seen with farmers and labourers.
“Modi is not at all concerned with problems of farmers and labourers as he remains surrounded by corporate honchos and bureaucrats in suit boot and listens to these people as if only they are knowledgeable,” he said.
The Congress leader also attacked Modi on his promise to bring back blackmoney stashed abroad and deposit Rs 15 to Rs 20 lakh in the bank accounts of every individual.
Gandhi said that he was yet to meet a poor person who has received the promised money during 16 months of the NDA government.
“A year ago, Narendra Modiji won the elections and you all are aware of the promises he made. He had made several promises, including of bringing back black money and depositing Rs 15 lakh in every Indian’s bank account, employment for youth hiking minimum support prices for the farmer’s produce.
“Please tell me, is there any one person out here who has Rs 15 lakh in his account?… He has not fulfilled even one promise,” Gandhi said.