Chandigarh: Campaigning for Congress in Chandigarh, party president Rahul Gandhi said on Friday, “Narendra Modi said Made in India, Startup India and employment is now at all-time high in 45 years. I want to tell the youth, especially those in Chandigarh, that we have to compete with China. Not only ‘Made in India’, but we should also aim for the day when we will manufacture cellphones…they will have ‘Made in Chandigarh’ printed on them.”

Just hours before that, in Himachal’s Una, Rahul said he will reply with love to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “hatred” towards him and his family.

Addressing a rally, he said, “Modi may spread hatred against me and late PMs Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, but I will repay with love.”

In the past few days, the PM has referred to alleged corruption during Rajiv Gandhi’s term as Prime Minister. The anti-Sikh riots in 1984, around the time Rajiv Gandhi took over as PM, have also figured prominently in his speeches. Add to it senior Congress leader Sam Pitroda’s ‘hua toh hua’ comment on the riots and the Congress is on the backfoot.

In the light of extreme reactions from across the nation, Rahul’s comment assumes significance as it shows that the Congress President is in no mood for a confrontation.

Meanwhile, calling GST Gabbar Singh Tax, Rahul Gandhi said it destroyed the businesses of many traders. He alleged that the Modi
government took care of only 15 rich families in the country.

Raising the ‘Chowkidar chor hai’ slogan again, Rahul accused Modi of favouring industrialist Anil Ambani in the Rafale deal. Voting for Himachal’s four seats of Shimla (SC), Mandi, Hamirpur and Kangra will take place on May 19.

Next week, Rahul is scheduled to address two more rallies in the state next week, in Solan for the Shimla Lok Sabha seat and in Mandi.