New Delhi, News24 Bureau, March 23: Contrary to the common belief that PM Narendra Modi will have his way this April-May Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Congress President Rahul Gandhi says that people are actually angry with the prime minister as he is using hyper-nationalism to divert the attention of the people of India.The Congress president also added that PM Modi made false promises to the people of India, which were never meant to be fulfilled.In an exclusive interview to The Telegraph, Rahul Gandhi said, "I think the promises were never meant to be implemented. They were meant to bring him to power. Modi is an instrument for a set of crony capitalists, and for them, he is a very successful Prime Minister. As far as they are concerned, Modi waived Rs 3.5 lakh crore of the debt they owed the country. But he didn’t help the farmers. For his friends, he did a great job.”He further said, "These key promises remain unfulfilled, while the government manipulates data and spends thousands of crores in advertising to convince India that all is well and that every Indian should be happy! This, while the youth is struggling with unemployment; farmers are committing suicide in their thousands; the rural economy has been devastated; atrocities are being committed against women, Dalits and Adivasis; and the very idea of India as a pluralistic, secular and democratic nation is being threatened.”
On the job front, Gandhi said, "“But the people of India are not foolish. They can see through this game. There are many reasons for the anger the people are feeling. It starts with the big promises Mr Modi made to win the elections in 2014: Rs 15 lakh in each bank account; the creation of two crore jobs a year; the doubling of farmer incomes; 150 smart cities, etc.”Rhul Gandhi also pointed out that PM Modi is in a denial mode regarding the crisis on the job front. “Unemployment is at a 45-year high. The latest data is showing that we are losing 27,000 jobs every day! In 2017-18 alone, according to CMIE, we lost one crore jobs. That is a crisis which should be categorised as a national emergency and tackled accordingly,” he said.
(Courtesy Interview in The Telegraph)