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Modi’s ‘factory of lies’ won’t work forever: Kharge on BJP’s claims

Kharge addressed rally at Kayakuchi in Barpeta

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BARPETA, April 27: Rejecting the BJP’s claims that the Congress’ election manifesto resembled that of the Muslim League, party president Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday asserted that “Modi’s factory of lies” won’t work forever.

Addressing an election rally at Kayakuchi in Barpeta district of Assam, he said unemployment is a big problem in the country and that 65 per cent of educated youths have no jobs.

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“The INDIA bloc will surely come to power and stop the BJP. Modi’s BJP will be decimated. Once our government comes to power, we will control price rise and our focus will be on poor people. We will fill up 30 lakh vacancies in government departments,” he added.

Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “sardar (leader) of liars”, Kharge charged him with lying about providing two crore jobs annually, bringing back black money to the country and giving Rs 15 lakh to each citizen, and doubling farmers’ income.

“Modi’s ‘factory of lies’ won’t last forever. He even called the Congress manifesto Muslim League’s manifesto and spoke lies about it,” he added.

Kharge also alleged that the BJP was “looting” the country’s wealth and handing it over to the rich.

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“PM Modi waived Rs 16 lakh crore loans of his few rich friends. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. But we will never loot and divide the country like BJP and RSS that are experts in creating fights between communities, castes and religions,” he claimed.

He also criticised Modi for not visiting Manipur even once despite the state reeling under ethnic clashes since May last year.

Kharge said that while party leader Rahul Gandhi led the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ crisscrossing the country, Modi was working for ‘Bharat todo’ or dividing the nation.

“Prime Minister Modi is continuously attacking the Congress and the Gandhi family as he is scared and trembling in fear of losing power,” he claimed.

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“One who can’t feel the pain of the poor does not have the right to stay in power,” Kharge added.

On the employment scenario in the country, he claimed, “Joblessness is a major issue in India, with 65 per cent of the educated youths being jobless. We will reserve 50 per cent of posts for women. We will give Rs 1 lakh as apprenticeship stipend to every unemployed youth during his or her training period till he or she gets a proper job.”

Kharge addressed the massive crowd seeking votes for party candidates Deep Bayan for Barpeta constituency and Garjan Mushahary for Kokrajhar.

“You (Modi) always ask what Congress has done in 70 years. We ruled for 55 years and created the wealth that you and (Amit) Shah are selling now. You are destroying everything,” he added.

Kharge also attacked Modi for raking up food habits of people, and Mughal tenure in India.

“Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat and he did nothing there,” he alleged, while criticising the Prime Minister for failing to control rising prices of essential commodities such as petrol, diesel and LPG, among others.

Slamming Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma over an earlier post regarding caste system in India, Kharge claimed Sarma supports ‘Manusmriti’ and caste hierarchy as described in the book.

“He said Shudras should serve the higher castes. Such a person is your CM. I am ashamed that if such an educated person speaks like this, how will the country progress? If such Manuvadi thinking is there, how will we get equality?” he questioned.

Kharge, who is a Dalit, said that “if Manu’s philosophy is followed, then he would have to go and serve Sarma”, who is a Brahmin.

In December last year, Sarma had uploaded an audio-visual post on his social media handles, including X and Facebook, that he claimed was from Sloka 44 of Sanyas Yoga from 18th chapter of Gita.

The animated video stated that farming, cow-rearing and commerce are habitual and natural duties of the Vaishya, while serving the three ‘varnas’ — Brahmin, Kshatriya and Vaishya — is the natural duty of the Shudras.

Sharing this video, Sarma had said, “Lord Sri Krishna himself described the types of natural duties of Vaishya and Shudras.”

This sparked a massive political row with opposition leaders denouncing what they called the “BJP’s Manuvadi and regressive ideology”. Facing a volley of criticism, Sarma later deleted the post from all his social media platforms and apologised for uploading the post with casteist remarks. (PTI)

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