Rathore’s 7 queries to Rahul ahead of Rajasthan visit

Jaipur: Ahead of Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Rajasthan on Tuesday, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore demanded answers to seven questions, including loan waivers and the Balakot airstrike.

Dressed in a traditional Rajasthani attire, Rathore posted a video on Twitter and said: “People of Rajasthan want answers on why his (Gandhi’s) ‘hatred for Modi’ is turning into Congress’s hatred for the country”.

“You are welcome in Rajasthan. However, the people of the state would like to know why even after promising loan waivers to the farmers before the Assembly elections, they were yet to reap the benefits.

“You literally counted from 1 to 10 to ensure they get waivers in 10 days, but it is like ‘Das ke baad Bus’ (you happily forgot). They are looking for answers from you,” Rathore said.

Then raising the Kisaan Samman Nidhi scheme, Rathore said out of 65 lakh farmers, 30 lakh submitted their applications but the Congress government did not give the list to the Centre. “As farmers are being insulted in this way, they are also demanding answers,” he added.

He demanded to know why the former government’s direct benefit scheme Bhamashah, started in 2008, was suspended. “The patients are looking for answers from you,” Rathore asked Gandhi.

Pointing to the deteriorating law and order situation, the Minister said there has been 10 rapes in two days in Rajathan. “However, the entire police machinery is busy making arrangements for your visit and hence the girls and women want an answer.”

He also questioned the delayed distribution of unemployment allowance which was promised by state government.

The Congress had promised to distribute Rs 3,500 as unemployment allowance each month to the unemployed youths. “However, they are yet to get the same. Code of conduct has been implemented and youths need an answer,” Rathore said.

His sixth question pointed at the poor implementation of Economically Backward Class (EBC) quota in the state. “The Prime Minister announced 10 per cent reservation under the quota, however, the scheme has not been implemented in the state. The youths need an answer.”

His seventh question pertained to the surgical strike and air strikes across the line of Control, which he said were done to ensure the nation’s safety. “However, now your leaders are speaking in Pakistan’s language. The families of those killed and the soldiers are demanding answers,” the Union Minister said.

Rathore posed the questions mimicking Gandhi, who had raised one question each day ahead of the state assembly polls.