New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again saying that he does not talk about the problems such as unemployment that our country confronts in his speeches. Also Read - Cyclone Burevi Makes Landfall in Sri Lanka; India Braces For Impact, PM Modi Speaks to CMs, Assures All Help

The leader also attacked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over unemployment and the issue of migration during his second round of campaigning in the ongoing state assembly elections. Also Read - Republic Day Parade 2021: India Invites UK PM Boris Johnson to be Chief Guest This Time

Addressing a rally at West Champaran district’s Balmiki Nagar, the former Congress president said he was pained to see that Prime Minister Modi’s effigy was burnt in Punjab on the occasion of Dussehra, and added that it reflected the “anger” of youths and farmers. Also Read - Swara Bhasker Takes on BJP MP Rakesh Sinha on Twitter, Reminds Him of Farm Protest

He said, “Youths and farmers of Punjab and Bihar and youths of Uttar Pradesh are angry that our PM keeps making speeches with the Bihar Chief Minister and talks about other countries, but not the problems confronting our country such as unemployment.”

He also added that the prime minister and the Bihar chief minister used to raise the issue of unemployment earlier but now they don’t anymore.

“Now, the PM does not say in his speeches that he would give two crore jobs. Because the people of Bihar have realised that he had lied. I can guarantee that if the PM comes today and promises two crore jobs to youths, perhaps the crowd would shoo him off, telling him that he had lied,” Gandhi said.

The Congress knows how to run a country, how to stand with farmers and give employment, but “we don’t know how to lie”, he said.

Criticising the Centre over the three recently passed farm laws, he said its “pilot project” was implemented in Bihar in 2006 when the mandi system was abolished in the state.

“What Nitish Kumar did in Bihar in 2006, Narendra Modi is doing in Punjab, Haryana and across the country,” Gandhi said.

The Congress has fielded Pravesh Kumar Mishra for the Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha bye-election, while Rajesh Singh has been nominated for the assembly poll from there.

The by-poll to Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha constituency has been necessitated due to death of JD(U) MP Baidyanath Mahto.

The Lok Sabha by-poll will be held on November 7 and the results will be announced on November 10 alongside the results of Bihar assembly elections.

Later in the day, Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to address a rally at Kusheswar Asthan in Darbhanga.

(With PTI inputs)