New Delhi, July 17: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi poked fun at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ’56-inch’ chest, saying his party and the people of this country will reduce it to 5.6 inches in the next six months.
Addressing Congress workers here on Friday, the Congress vice president said that for the first time there is a government in the country which wants to help the opposition.
Rahul said Prime Minister Modi, who made tall claims and promises before the Lok Sabha polls, is least concerned about farmers, as he has now occupied the top post.
He said: “Now that he has become the PM, why should he be concerned about farmers? He made several promises, but empty ones.”
Highlighting the woes of farmers, Gandhi narrated their emotions and feelings which he experienced during his ‘padyatra’ on Thursday.
He said: “I liked the film Lagaan. In that film, the farmers were disunited, then they got together and protested against a British-imposed tax…One British officer in the movie realized that he couldn’t help the farmers because his remote control was in London.”
The Congress vice president also challenged Prime Minister Modi to bring back Lalit Modi, alleging that the BJP government in Rajasthan is being run by former IPL boss from London.
Rahul said: “As during the days of the British Raj, the remote control of the government here was in London. Similarly, the remote control of the Rajasthan Government is in London,” adding “This government’s remote control is in London. He presses the button there and the reaction is seen here.”
Gandhi said that Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has broken the law by helping Lalit Modi. He alleged that the Union Cabinet has only one minister and that is Prime Minister Modi.
“The Cabinet doesn’t have an array of ministers, the Cabinet has only one minister that is (Narendra) Modi ji. It’s like a puppet show, where he is the puppeteer,” he said amid a thumping applause from the crowd.
The Congress vice president also asked his party men to inculcate some discipline and stay united against the opposition.
Earlier on Thursday, Rahul questioned the Prime Minister’s silence on the ongoing controversies surrounding former IPL boss Lalit Modi and the Vyapam scam.
He said: “He is accountable to the people of United States, people of Australia, China, Japan or Mongolia may be. But he needs to realize that he is not the Prime Minister of Mongolia, he is the Prime Minister of India. And the Indian people are asking him- you promised and committed us something.”
The Congress vice-president said the farmers and laborers are now feeling that the government is not theirs.
Gandhi, who reached out to the farmers during his ‘padyatra’ here, said that Prime Minister Modi is accountable to the people of this country for the promises made to them.
The Congress vice-president also criticized External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over the Lalit Modi controversy.
(With Agency Inputs)