New Delhi: Union Minister Piyush Goyal who had earlier stated that Rahul Gandhi ran to Wayanad because he was afraid of defeat in his home constituency Amethi, said the Congress President will have to contest the next Lok Sabha elections from the neighbouring country as he is sure to taste defeat in the upcoming polls.

In Amethi, Smriti Irani will defeat him (Rahul Gandhi) and he will also get defeated in Wayanad. He will have to find a seat in some neighbouring country for the next elections,” Goyal mocked Rahul.

Alleging that Rahul Gandhi did not have the guts to speak against the Left even though he is contesting from Kerala’s Wayanad, Goyal deemed the Congress President unfit as a leader to run the democracy. “He is so afraid. In a democracy, if a leader does not have the courage to speak against his opponents, he will not be able to serve the country,” said Goyal.

Rahul has maintained that even though he is contesting from Wayanad against a Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM candidate, he will not say a word against the Left in his entire campaigning. It must be noted that the Left Democratic Front (LDF) has fielded prominent CPI leader PP Suneer against Rahul.

Earlier, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader had attacked the Congress party’s promise of a minimum income scheme for poor (NYAY) stating that it is a disaster in its design itself and could lead to another “scam” as the selection of beneficiaries would be full of corruption. Goyal had said he feels it will not be possible to implement this scheme as there is no data for income and salary levels and the Congress promise will ‘burst like a balloon’.

As per the scheme, the Congress has promised to deposit Rs 72,000 annually into the bank accounts of 20 per cent of the poorest people across the country if it comes to power.