New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that the Opposition will not allow the central government to pass the land bill in Parliament. He also took a dig 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.
“The farmers, Congress and people of India will turn the ‘56-inch chest’ into a 5.6-inch chest, you will see,” Gandhi said while addressing party workers in Jaipur on Friday. “We won’t give a single inch of land,” the Congress vice-president said.
Addressing Congress workers here, Gandhi said that for the first time there is a government in the country which wants to help the opposition. The Congress vice president 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. “Now that he has become the PM, why should he be concerned about farmers? He made several promises, but empty ones,” he said.
Highlighting the woes of farmers, Gandhi narrated their emotions and feelings which he experienced during his ‘padyatra’ yesterday. “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,” he added.
The Congress vice president also challenged Prime Minister Modi to bring back former IPL boss Lalit Modi. He alleged that the BJP Government in Rajasthan is being run by Lalit Modi from London. “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,” he said. “This government’s remote control is in London. He presses the button there and the reaction is seen here,” he added.
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.
Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra retorted saying, Gandhi should not forget how a “chai-wala” defeated the first family in politics of India.
Patra also targeted Vadra. “Mr. Rahul Gandhi ‘jijaji’, that is Robert Vadra, could be given acres and acres of land in Rajasthan and today you want that even an inch of land should not be given for the promotion of the poor farmers of Rajasthan,” he said.