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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)

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The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh.

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Voters in the central state of Chhattisgarh went to the polls on Monday to elect representatives for 18 of the state assembly’s 90 seats in a staggered poll complicated by logistical problems and left-wing guerrillas.

The state of about 26 million people has been ruled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 2003, and he will be hoping to hold on to power.

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Hundreds of election workers had to be flown in to remote polling stations by helicopter because of the danger posed by the rebels.

Modi called for voters to back his BJP and its vision of “development for all.”

The final phase of voting in Chhattisgarh, which is known for its coal, iron ore and bauxite reserves, will be on Nov. 20.

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The BJP was the preference of about 43 percent of voters in Chhattisgarh, 7 percentage points ahead of the main opposition Congress party, according to a survey released last week by the Lokniti-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Modi’s other big tests will be in the neighboring central state of Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP is slightly ahead of Congress, according to polls, and in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, where Congress is expected to emerge victorious.

A good performance by the BJP in the elections would help it deflect growing criticism over unemployment and a crisis in the countryside over falling farm prices and wages.

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Elections will also be held for assemblies in Telangana in the south and Mizoram in the northeast.

The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh, including Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindu priest and the BJP chief minister in Uttar Pradesh state.

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