After 'Suit Boot ki Sarkar' and 'Fair and Lovely Scheme', Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has come up with a new jibe for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On the second day of his 'Kisan Yatra' in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul on Wednesday attacked Modi with a new line—'Modiji Mast, Kisan Trast'.
Launching an attack on Modi, Rahul, who has embarked on a 2,500 kilometre 'Kisan Yatra' from Deoria to Delhi, in the run up to the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, said the prime minister has helped big industrialists, but has no time for the problems of the farmers.
"In the last two years, Narendra Modiji has waived loans worth Rs 1.10 lakh crore, not of the small farmer but big industrialists. Our demand is that you should not run a 'Suit Boot ki Sarkar'. Your government should be for the poor," the Congress leader said.
The attack was in line with his efforts to project Modi as being pro-rich and anti-poor, taking off from the 'Suit Boot ki Sarkar' jibe and now evolving to 'Modiji Mast, Kisan Trast'. "If you are waiving the loan of the big industrialists, you should also waive the loan of the small farmer," he said.
Rahul said the Yatra is meant to learn about the problems of the farmers and take their issues to Modi. "Yesterday, we had a Khat Sabha. The farmers told us that the government should remove the burden of debt from their shoulders. We are not in government, so we cannot help them directly. But we can agitate and lend our voice to their problems," he said.
During a door-to-door campaign in Sahjanwa in eastern UP, Rahul made it clear that he was unfazed by the bad publicity that his 'Khat Sabha' in Deoria received after the 'Khats' or cots, placed by the Congress for his meeting, were taken away by the local residents. He said that if a farmer takes away a 'Khat', he is called a thief, but an industrialist runs away with Rs 9,000 crore, and he is called a defaulter, in an obvious reference to industrialist Vijay Mallya.