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Congress promises good days
By RESMI SIVARAM January 12, 2017
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NEW DELHI: If any Indian thought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise of “Acha Din” (the good day) has not been fulfilled even after over two years, opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi now says “Ache Din” (good days) will return with the return of his party to power.

Gandhi, the Congress vice-president, said on Wednesday at the party’s Jan Veda Sammelan in the national capital, unleashed an attack on Modi for the chaos that followed the demonetisation of Rs500 and 1,000 and vowed that he will bring back good days of Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

Gandhi chaired the day-long convention in the absence of Sonia Gandhi, the party president, suggesting that his takeover as president is imminent.

He had presided over the Congress Working Committee, the highest policy body, in November. Gandhi ripped schemes that were brought by Modi since ascending power: Skill India, Make in India, Clean India etc.

Suggesting that it was all empty moves, he said Modi then made every Indian carry a broom. Days later it was all forgotten.

India lies as dirty as it had been. It has been the same with every scheme, Gandhi alleged.

He said the demonestisation bombshell was crafted to cover up Modi’s failures but has left people suffering, especially the common man.

He recalled that many people had died queueing up to take out their own money from ATMs. With polls to five states imminent, the Congress was focusing on the perils of demonetisation as it has affected common people most.

The Congress leader said that Modi has broken India’s financial spine with the demonetisation drive. “Automobile sale has dropped by 60 per cent. Today our condition is as it was 16 years ago.

Modi must ask why the demand for Congress-created rural schemes has suddenly surged? Why are people migrating to villages instead of cities?”

Gandhi alleged that the Modi government was in the hands of a few people. “Our friends in the media are under constraints. They come to me and say they want to say something but they cannot.

The respect that we gave the press and the media and the judiciary for the past 70 years, Modi ended that tradition in the last two and a half years.”

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