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Rahul Gandhi slams Modi on false poll promises, calls him ‘Feku’

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Rahul_Gandhi_PTI2Patna: Taking a jab against Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his poll promises, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday called him a feku.

Addressing his first election rally in Bihar’s West Champaran district, Gandhi targeted Modi over his various promises made during the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign but which remain unfulfilled till date.

“He had promised 2 lakh jobs, promised Rs 15 lakh in each of your accounts to control inflation. One year of Modi government has gone. Did it happen? Has anyone got Rs 15 lakh? Has the inflation been controlled? Has anyone got employment? … Feku tha, hai,” the Congress vice president said without taking Modi’s name.

Loosely translated, the Hindi word feku means someone who bluffs.

On employment, Gandhi said during the Lok Sabha campaign Modi had promised to revive sugar mills in Champaran but nothing had been done in this direction.

“Modi has never met the poor people, workers and labourers. He has no time for them. Modi only meets people wearing costly suits,” he said while cautioning the people of Bihar to be wary of Modi and his “suited-booted friends” who may take away their land in the name of development.

Gandhi warned the crowd at the rally that the uprooted landless people would find no shelter in big cities as they would be treated as outsiders and would be driven away from there too.

Referring to Bihari migrants being attacked in other states for being outsiders, Gandhi said: “If the BJP government comes here, people will come here in suit-boot and demand your land. Then, when you would go to other states, you would be asked to go back as you don’t speak their language; so you would be beaten up.”

He said if the BJP comes to power in Patna, the “suited-booted” friends of the prime minister from New Delhi and Gujarat would come to grab the land of the people of Bihar.

Comparing the “suited-booted” culture of the Modi dispensation with the simple living of Mahatma Gandhi, he said: “Gandhi ji gave up the comforts of his life to serve the people.”

He said while Congressmen want to mix with people, Modi and his friends were averse to the common man.

Gandhi said the prime minister has distanced himself from the poor people and “they (government) want to keep their suit clean, we want to embrace ‘dhoti'”.

If you want to bring in rozgar (employment), talk to the people who need it, not to those in suits. If you want to clean the country, you have to talk to people engaged for the work. The government only makes false promises,” Gandhi said.

The Congress leader said: “We will create jobs in Bihar; we will give a credit of Rs 4 lakh to Bihar youth for education. If our government is formed here, we will create employment opportunities in Bihar.”

He said Modi claimed that he sold tea during his childhood, “but I doubt whether it is true”, adding that Modi started off as a tea seller, but his clothes changed from simple to better, from kurtas to costly suits.

“If you look around, you won’t find anyone wearing a suit or boot. People here are wearing torn clothes or kurtas,” he said.

“Modi promised to end corruption, but he protects his corrupt friends like union minister Sushma Swaraj, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

Bihar is scheduled to have a five-phase election from October 12 to November 5 to elect the 243-member assembly. Counting of votes will take place on November 8.

(With inputs from IANS)

For more, read: Rahul’s Champaran speech ‘immature’: BJP

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PM Modi Receives A Letter From Pamela Anderson To Promote Vegan Food

Anderson in her letter praised India's cuisine that made it the 'easiest place on earth' to be vegan.

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Anderson is a vegan, an advocate for animal rights, and an active member of the animal protection organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Baywatch icon and former Bigg Boss guest star Pamela Anderson on Friday wrote a letter on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to serve only vegan food at all government meetings and functions.

In this letter, she urges Modi to lead India’s fight against climate change by serving only delicious vegan (wholly plant-derived) food at all government meetings and functions. The animal rights group and the actor explained that raising animals for meat, eggs, and dairy causes nearly one-fifth of all human-induced greenhouse-gas emissions.

“With your country’s innovation and agricultural history, I’m sure that India-produced soy and other versatile foods can easily replace these damaging foods,” she writes. PETA Director urged Modi to adopt pro-vegan steps taken by other countries such as New Zealand, China and Germany.

“I appeal to you to show that India can equal or best them,” the 52-year-old actor added.

Modi  getting down from Air India Airplane.
Narendra Modi getting down from Air India Airplane.

Expressing concern over climate change she wrote, “My heart goes out to everyone affected by the severe air pollution plaguing Delhi. I worry about the residents as well as the animals who can’t wear face masks or stay indoors.”

She said that according to latest reports, 36 million Indians could face the threat of annual coastal flooding by 2050. The World Bank has predicted that at least 21 cities in India are approaching zero groundwater levels for next year and that 40 per cent of Indians may not have water to drink by 2030.

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Anderson in her letter praised India’s cuisine that made it the ‘easiest place on earth’ to be vegan. “India is the easiest place to be vegan… I still remember the beautiful colour of saffron rice and the alluring aroma of veggie biryani. India’s foods are so fantastic and varied that it’s the easiest place on earth to be vegan”, she added.

Last month, she had written to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to serve nutritious vegan meals in correctional facilities. (IANS)