Now Rahul says he never said ‘chowkidar chor hai’

Rahul Gandhi attributes his statement to farmers at a time when a video dated 1998 has surfaced showing Digvijaya Singh government’s police open fire at farmers in Multai, Madhya Pradesh

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Bhind: Congress president Rahul Gandhi said during an election rally in Bhind in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday that he or his party never raised the slogan ‘chowkidar chor hai’ (the watchman is dishonest, a reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi). Rahul Gandhi said that this slogan was actually raised by the youth and farmers of the country!

Addressing the rally here, Rahul Gandhi fiercely attacked Prime Minister Modi. Rahul Gandhi, referring to the Rafale deal, claimed that “a letter” ensured that industrialist Anil Ambani benefited from it.

Rahul Gandhi said, “The people of the media asked me, ‘Where did the ‘chowkidar chor hai’ slogan come from?’ I told them during a rally in Chhattisgarh that the ‘watchman’ had promised 2 crore jobs and a deposit of Rs 15 lakh in every citizen’s account. After this, 10-15 youngsters said ‘chowkidar chor hai’. I did not hear it for the first time. So, I asked them what they said? They repeated, ‘chowkidar chor hai’.”

“This slogan was not invented by the Congress, nor have I coined it. The farmers, labourers and youth of this country have coined this slogan,” Rahul Gandhi claimed.

Rahul Gandhi said that he would like to die instead of making false promises to the people.

The latest statement from Rahul Gandhi has come on the very day he apologised to the Supreme Court for attributing to it the slogan ‘chowkidar chor hai’. And he is supposed to have apologised unconditionally!

With just two phases of the Lok Sabha election of 2019 remaining, Rahul Gandhi mentioned his party’s scheme of the dole, NYAY, in the Bhind rally. He said if his government were to be formed, Rs 72,000 would be given to 5 crore poor families annually.

Rahul claimed, “The NYAY plan will boost the economy.” He said if his government were to be formed, he would also ensure that the farmers are not jailed due to the non-payment of their loans. He promised further that, if a Congress government is formed, 22 lakh government posts lying vacant will be filled within one year.

Interestingly, these 22 lakh jobs that Rahul Gandhi keeps talking about are not central government jobs, which Congress can fill on coming to power. A bulk of them are State government jobs which, the Congress had clarified after the release of its manifesto, it will fill by “requesting” the State governments to fulfil its promise.

The assurance to farmers might have been necessitated by the fact that, recently, a video of the time when Digvijaya Singh was the chief minister has surfaced on social media where the police had opened fire at farmers demanding their rights in Multai, Madhya Pradesh. The surviving farmers, those in the video say, are still languishing in different courts fighting the cases related to that incident.

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