Published On: Fri, Jul 29th, 2016

‘Arhar Modi’-Rahul’s latest dig at PM

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Launching a fresh tirade against the government Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi seemed to have struck the right cord with the common man. Rahul’s speech on the price rise of basic commodities especially pulses aimed to put the government on the backfoot. Soon after his speech the hashtag ‘#ArharModi’ was seen trending on micro-blogging platform Twitter.

Citing references from PM Modi’s 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign speeches Rahul Gandhi attacked the government for its failure to curb the price rise.

“Across villages, children are now chanting Arhar Modi,” Rahul said, taking swipes at PM’s Lok Sabha poll slogan of “Ghar Ghar Modi”.
“You had on February 16, 2014 said in Himachal that you will control prices if voted to power. You used hyperboles to convince people of your ability to arrest inflation. What dialogues you had delivered! Now what,” Rahul asked, leading the Congress charge.

As the Amethi MP mocked PM’s flagship schemes from Swachh Bharat to Digital India, blaming rising lentil prices on corruption by middlemen, Finance Minister Jaitley hit back, saying political grandstanding can’t belie real inflation data.

“The fact is inflation was double digit during the last two years of Congress-led UPA Government. We controlled it despite deficient rains. We are confident it will further fall as the monsoon strengthens,” the FM said, intervening in the debate which saw Rahul throwing jabs at BJP’s Poonam Mahajan, telling her she knew nothing of food prices as she wasn’t visiting the markets.

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