Nirmal (Telangana): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said “Acche din” have come only for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and few businessmen close to him.
Addressing a public meeting at Wadial village near here, he said Modi has five to six businessmen friends and the entire country was being run for them.
“It is a government of selected people. It is a government of suit-boot and selected industrialists,” said Gandhi after winding up 15-km long padyatra in Adilabad district to console families of farmers who committed suicide due to financial distress.
“Acche din” have not come for people but for Modi, who is visiting different countries, he quipped.
“Is there anybody among you who wears a Rs.10 lakh suit,” Gandhi asked the crowd, then adding: “Modiji wears it”.
“One year has passed. Did anybody among you get a job which Modiji at centre and mini-Modi in Telangana (K. Chandrasekhar Rao) had promised,” he asked.
The Congress vice chief said wherever he is going, people are telling him that they committed a mistake by voting for the National Democratic Alliance.
Hitting out at the NDA government for proposed amendment to land acquisition law, the Congress leader said the government want to snatch the lands of farmers and give them to few industrialists who are close to Modi.
He said the central and state governments have thousands of acres of land with them and quoted Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that only eight percent of the projects are stalled for want of land.
Gandhi however clarified that his Congress party is not against development. “Industries should come. There should be partnership between industries, farmers and labourers. We are against crony capitalism. Crony capitalism means give everything to two to three industrialists,” he said.
Hitting back at NDA and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) for criticising him for meeting families of farmers who committed suicide, he said if Modi and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had visited them, there was no need for him to do so.
The Congress leader also took a dig at them for not bothering to visit farmers who lost crops in unseasonal rains.