Datia (MP):  Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday intensified attack on Prime Minister and accused him of shielding rape accused MLA. Referring to a rape case in which a Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao was arrested, Gandhi said,”Modi ji gave the slogan ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’. We liked the slogan but then a BJP MLA raped someone. The CM tried to shield him, PM didn’t expel him from the party. He never spoke about it. Actual slogan is ‘Beti Padhao aur Beti ko BJP ke MLA se bachao.”

While addressing an event in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh, Gandhi also accused the Prime Minister of favouring industrialists. “Modi Ji has no room in his heart for oppressed and women. He has room only for industrialists. Mehul Bhai, Nirav Bhai, Anil Bhai, Lalit Bhai, he never calls farmers and labourers ‘Bhai’. Have you ever heard Modi ji calling poor ‘Bhai’? Never. If he isn’t in suit-boot, he isn’t ‘Bhai’,” claimed the Congress chief.

Raking up the issue of Rafale deal, Gandhi further said,”Anil Ambani has a debt of Rs 45000Cr, yet  PM Modi gave him the Rafale deal. By taking the deal away from HAL.” He also accused the Prime Minister of steeling employment opportunities from the youth.

“HAL has protected the country for last 70 years by manufacturing various fighter aircrafts. But Modi govt snatched the Rafale deal from HAL and gave it to Anil Ambani who had no experience,” asserted the Congress president.

Gandhi claimed that he had urged PM to waive off  loans of farmers but he remained silent. “I have personally appealed to PM Modi to waive off loans of farmers. Before farmers used to get bonus or compensation for crop loss. But PM was silent,” said Gandhi.

“During UPA govt, loans worth Rs 70,000cr of farmers were waived off. Whereas Narendra Modi govt in last 4 years waived off loans worth Rs 3,50,000Cr of only 15-20 rich industrialists,” the Congress chief asserted.

Notably, Congress president is on two-day visit to poll-bound Madhya Pradesh. He began his tour by offering prayers at the famous Maa Peetambara Peeth temple complex. State Congress president Kamal Nath and senior party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia accompanied him.

Scindia introduced priests and other members of the temple trust to Gandhi.  Gandhi reached Datia district in the morning by a helicopter from Gwalior. He then went to the temple complex where he offered prayers to the deity and stayed at the ‘shaktipeeth’ for about half-an-hour.

Speaking to PTI, state Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi said,”Many political bigwigs have visited the shrine in the past. “Indira Gandhi (Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother) visited the shrine in 1979, before polls in 1980 and later after becoming the prime minister. Later, Rajiv Gandhi (the Congress chief’s father) also paid a visit to the shaktipeeth after becoming PM in 1984-85.”

Chaturvedi also recalled when the then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru had fallen very sick, senior Congress leader Kamlapati Tripathi organised a special ‘puja’ for his recovery there.

Elections will be held in Madhya Pradesh on November 28 and the results will be declared on December 11.

Important dates of MP Assembly polls

Last date of filing nomination – November 9
Date of scrutiny – November 12
Last date for withdrawal of candidature – November 14
Date of voting – November 28
Counting date – December 11