Bathinda: Attacking Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s family, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi yesterday said only one family had progressed and benefited in Punjab while the rest of the state could not progress much.
“We (Congress) unite everyone and make them part of progress. It is not that only two-three families should progress and other people remain poor. In Punjab, only one family has benefited,” Gandhi said, without naming the Badals, at a rally for Congress-backed candidate Manpreet Singh Badal on the last day of campaigning.
Manpreet, an estranged nephew of the CM and former finance minister, is the joint candidate of the Congress and his People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) from Bathinda against Chief Minister Badal’s daughter-in-law and sitting MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
“This fight is about ideology between the Congress and the Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party. Our ideology it to take everyone along while they think only about a few individuals,” Gandhi said. The drug problem had ruined the lives of people, especially youth across Punjab, but the Badal government was not bothered, he claimed.
'Undue favours given to Adani'
Kanpur: “People in Gujarat can get land at low prices and make profits of thousands of crores if they have the Adani surname,” said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Lashing out at Narendra Modi at a public rally in Kanpur, Gandhi accused the Gujarat CM of doling out undue favours to the Adani business group.
He also accused Modi of giving undue favours of R40,000 crore to the Adani group. “There is only one model in Gujarat and that is to help big corporate houses and industrialists,” he said. Kanpur is witnessing a close contest between former union minister Murli Manohar Joshi of the BJP and Sriprakash Jaiswal of the Congress, who is the incumbent parliamentarian from the city that will vote April 30.