New Delhi: Calling him ‘arhar Modi, arhar Modi”, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday took swipes at Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha and tore into his election promise of bringing down prices.
He also needled Modi on his election slogan asking people to make him a “chowkhidar” (watchman) and not PM and said under his nose but there was “theft” of pulses and he was not speaking a word on it. In a speech that lasted just a little over 15 minutes, Gandhi asked the prime minister to give a date4e by which the prices of pulses will come down.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who took the floor after Gandhi to make a brief intervention in the debate on the price situation in the country, hit back saying the government had inherited double-digit inflation from the UPA government which was hit by scams and policy paralysis.
“Any form of bluster is not substitute for statistics,” he told Gandhi and claimed the government has taken steps that have led to lower inflation which would come down further with good monsoon.
Rahul, in his seventh major intervention in the House during his career, said “During elections, Modiji had said ‘make me a chowkidar’ (watchman). Now, there is theft of dal under the very nose of the chowkidar. But the chowkidar has not uttered a word. He is mum. … Now he has become a big person. Leave that job of chowkidari to the Congress,” Gandhi said.
Taking a jibe at the BJP slogan ‘Har Har Modi’ used during the Lok Sabha polls, he said “now people are saying ‘Arhar Modi’.” “You may make as many hollow promises as you want, but give us a date by when the prices of daal will come down,” he said.
Listing the prices of vegetables and pulses , he said in 2014, the price of tomato was Rs 18, which has shot up to Rs 55 now. Urad and tur dal, priced at Rs 70 and 75 in February 2014, has gone up to Rs 160 and Rs 180 this month.