Government busy in celebration, farmers committing suicide: Rahul

New Delhi : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his government was busy in “celebrating its two years in power” while the farmers of the country are “committing suicide”.

“There is a drought all over the country. Farmers are committing suicide, but here at India Gate, Modiji is celebrating with Bollywood stars,” Gandhi told reporters at the torchlight procession organised by his party, from the Samta Sthal to the Delhi secretariat to protest against the unprecedented power and water crisis in the city.

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The BJP government has organised a gala event at the India Gate to list its achievements, which was hosted by Bollywood actor R. Madhvan and attended by megastar Amitabh Bachhan, actresses Raveena Tandon, Madhuri Dixit, and several others.

Hitting out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Gandhi said: “Who is hurt when there is selfie politics? It’s the farmer, the small businessman who gets hurt.”

“My politics is based on Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology, I can never do politics of lies and false promises,” he said, adding: “This country cannot progress with lies. Our party and our party workers don’t do PR. They work for the people.”

Attacking Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, he said, “For India to progress, governments need to stop making false and unrealistic promises and instead work to help the people. Kejriwalji promised uninterrupted electricity and water, but after coming to power all these promises were forgotten.

“The party that knows how to provide electricity, provide water and works for people will come to power again in Delhi.”

AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Dilip Pandey were detained by Delhi Police for agitating near the Congress’s protest venue.