Adivasis, Dalits, minorities are exploited under BJP: Rahul Gandhi in Morena

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 06, 2018, 03.35 PM(IST)

File photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Photograph:( ANI )

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that the Modi government made false promises of turning black money into white and that farmers, Adivasis, Dalits and minorities are exploited under BJP. 

"Today, farmers, Aadivasis, Dalits and minorities are exploited. One by one their rights are being taken away from them. On one side there is BJP, on the other side are the marginalised and the Congress party standing with them," Gandhi said. 

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His comments came during a public gathering in Morena in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh where he will address the public in Jabalpur after Morena and also perform Narmada Puja, reports said. 

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On Saturday, tribals and farmers in large numbers gather at Morena stadium ground for Adivasi Ekta Parishad meeting. The tribals have been demanding land, home under 'Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana' and implementation of Forest Rights Act, news agency ANI reported.

Gandhi said that it was the Congress who formed the Tribal Bill but the BJP has refused to implement it, adding that if they come to power they will bring the bill into force. 

Gandhi further attacked the BJP government and said that the government helps offenders flee the country but arrest people who are fighting for their rights.

"Vijay Mallya stole Rs 10,000 crore. He fled to London the day after he met FM Arun Jaitly. No action is taken against Nirav Modi or Vijay Mallya, but a farmer protesting for a piece of his land is jailed," Gandhi said. 

Talking about the Rafale deal, Gandhi said that "Rafale deal given to HAL would've created hundreds of jobs in India. But PM Modi steals this from HAL and gives the Rs 30,000 crore contract to Anil Ambani's company."

"Rs 30,000 crore given to Anil Ambani would've helped to implement MNREGA in the entire country. More than Rs 3,00,000 crore is written off of loans of 15-20 industrialists, but why can't the same money be used to help farmers, Adivasis?" Rahul Gandhi asked.

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The BJP has been in power in Madhya Pradesh since 2003. 

Meanwhile, the Election Commission announced the dates for Assembly elections in four states — Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Mizoram, today. 

Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram assembly elections to be held on 28th November, Rajasthan and Telangana assembly elections to be held on 7th December and Chhattisgarh will hold elections on 12 and 20 November.