Gandhi alleged Modi punched BJP members

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  May 07, 2019, 05:38 PM

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Rahul Gandhi, at a rally in Haryana on Monday, launched an uncharacteristically strong-worded satirical attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 
At the rally in Bhiwani district, where Vijender Singh, first Indian boxer to win a medal at the Olympics, who is also the Congress candidate from the South Delhi constituency, hails from, the Congress President labelled the district the upcoming boxing capital of the world, and moved on to call Modi the “56-inch boxer”. 
 
Referring to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s most popular slogans in the 2014 election campaign, where Modi boasted that his “56-inch chest” was capable of driving the country to the peaks of development and growth, Gandhi took a jibe at the PM and said that the country had elected a “56-inch boxer” in the 16th Lok Sabha elections to fight the evils of unemployment and corruption. 
 
Gandhi said, “The 56-inch chest boxer came in the election ring amid loud cheers from the public. However, instead of fighting farmers’ issues, corruption and unemployment, the boxer punched his coach Lal Krishna Advani in the face first. Boxer ring mein aaya... apne coach Advani ji ki taraf dekha... ek ghoosa unke muh par maara... He then punched his other team members Nitin Gadkari and Arun Jaitley. The boxer then came out of the ring and went in between the public to deliver blows to small shopkeepers in the form of GST and demonetisation. The farmers in the public confronted him and reminded him that he promised to fight for them, but he punched the farmers, too.”
 
Gandhi’s jibes at the saffron party not giving a seat to party veteran and former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani, and the alleged failure of major economic reforms such as demonetisation and the Goods and Service Tax, were received amid huge applause and cheering in the public meeting. 
 
The three-time MP went on to condescendingly remark that the PM, in his five-year tenure, got confused about what he was fighting for, and “did not know what he was fighting”, thus ending up fighting the public and the Opposition, instead of unemployment and corruption. 
 
Gandhi was addressing the rally to campaign for Congress candidate Shruti Choudhry, former MP and granddaughter of former Haryana Chief Minister Bansi Lal. The seat is currently held by BJP leader Dharambir Singh, who defeated Choudhry in 2014 by a margin of 1.5 lakh votes. Choudhry is pitted against sitting MP Singh from the BJP and former MP Ajay Singh Chautala from the INLD. Polling in all ten seats of Haryana will be conducted in one phase on May 12, in the sixth phase of the ongoing 17th Lok Sabha elections. Counting of votes will take place on May 23. 


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