Chitrakoot: Congress President Rahul Gandhi began his two-day visit to Madhya Pradesh on Thursday but not before offering prayers at the Kamtanath temple in Chitrakoot, a religious town associated with Lord Ram. He would be holding a roadshow in Satna and Rewa, said media reports. Launching a direct attack on PM Modi, Rahul said, “The Congress waived farm loans of Rs 70,000 crore but PM Modi did not give anything…people voted for him because he promised Rs 15 lakh in each account. He cheated the electorate.”

He added that PM Modi had insulted Sardar Patel by promising a statue of the late leader. His logic being, “Modi ji talks about making a statue of Sardar Patel in Gujarat, but the statue is Made in China, just like our shoes and shirts. The Modi Government says it offers jobs to 450 youths of India only in 24 hours, while in China 50,000 get jobs.” Then, he added what has become a standard line at all his rallies; he said, “Main woh din dekhna chahata hu jab China ka yuva selfie le aur phone ke piche dekhke soche ki yeh Chitrakoot jagah kahan hai? Jaha yeh phone bana hai (I await the day when someone in China would look at his phone and see MADE IN CHITRAKOOT written on it and wonder where the place was).”

Going back to Rafale deal, Rahul said, “The Government of India says that since Rafale deal was a secret pact the price can’t be revealed. When the French President (Hollande) was here, I met him and asked if there is a secret pact on the price? He said no, if PM Modi wants to reveal he can do so.” Rahul has continued to use this line of argument though the French government has issued a statement that details of such deals could not be disclosed.