Arhar Modi

Playing on the 2014 Lok Sabha polls slogan `Har Har Modi', Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday concluded his speech in Lok Sabha with “Arhar Modi“, a jibe directed at the Prime Minister as he targeted the government over price rise. “Modiji, you keep making false promises, but please announce a date in the House by when prices will be controlled,“ Rahul said, hitting out at Modi for failing to control price rise, which was BJP's main poll promise in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Rahul reminded Modi of his speech in Himachal Pradesh during the Lok Sabha campaign in which he had said “bachcha raat-raat rota hain, aansoo peekar sota hai“. “It was a great emotional speech but what happened to the promise?“ Rahul asked.He said the government celebrated its second anniversary inviting Bollywood stars but there was no mention why prices were going through the roof even though the government boasted about its policies like `Make in India'.
Rahul added that the PM had in a public meeting in Varanasi desired to work like a “chowkidar“, but he had failed miserably as theft of pulses was happening under his nose. “During the UPA regime, the minimum sale price of tur was Rs 45 and market price was Rs 75 but the difference in MSP and market price has gone up to Rs 100 from Rs 30 now,“ Rahul claimed, adding that the Prime Minister should explain who the beneficiaries were.
Later, talking to reporters outside Parliament, Rahul said the government had failed to respond to a “critical question“ on the discrepancy in the MSP and the market price. “A farmer toils endlessly and gets a minimum support price of Rs 50. He then buys his own dal in the market for Rs 200 per kg,“ he said.He accused the government of deliberately not increasing the supply of pulses to match demand to “help a select few“.
“My question is that if you (government) want to rectify this, you can do it easily. You increase the supply and the price goes down. You are not doing this to help a select few. But finance minister Arun Jaitley did not reply to this question in his half-an-hour reply ,“ Rahul said. “You want to help big pulses traders, that's why you have not increased supply and prices have not softened,“ he said.

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