Punjab polls: Rahul Gandhi says Modi practising politics of dishonesty, accuses PM of embracing corrupt Badals
Rahul Gandhi also targeted the ruling Badals for failing to address the problem of drug abuse in Punjab
Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of embracing the corrupt Badals in Punjab, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that Modi was practising a "politics of dishonesty."
Setting the tone for a potentially fiery campaign in the poll-bound state, Rahul said PM was befooling people in the name of ending corruption and ensuring 'achhe din."
"On gaining power, Modi had claimed that he would end corruption. Now he is embracing Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who are the most corrupt," Rahul was quoted by Times of India as saying.
"This shows that the PM is only befooling people. People of Punjab should not fall prey to Modi's falsehood," he added.
Rahul Gandhi also targeted the ruling Badals for failing to address the problem of drug abuse in Punjab. According to reports, an estimated 70% of the youth in Punjab are said to be addicted to drugs.
Earlier, Rahul announced that Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab Congress chief, is the party’s presumptive chief minister.
In his first public speech for his three-day tour in Punjab, Rahul said, “There is a cut for the Badal family in everything in the state. Punjab pays a Badal tax.”
“Whoever has hurt Punjab, we will put them all in jail. We will fight in support of Punjab,” he added.
“I just want to say a few things, we(Congress) will form such law and government against drugs in Punjab that will make everyone shiver at the first thought of drugs. Modiji claims to fight against corruption, then how can he support Akali Dal? Whole nation knows it (Akali Dal) has ruined Punjab,” he said.