By Arun Pratap Singh
Dehradun, 25 Jan: Addressing a press conference at the Congress Bhawan here, today, on the occasion of the eve of the ‘Hath Se Hath Jodo’ campaign to be run across the country by the Congress Party, Mohan Prakash, former National General Secretary of the Congress and member of the Congress Steering Committee, claimed that the BJP government at the centre has failed to provide enough employment opportunities to the youth of the youngest country in the world. Every family of the country has been pushed into the fire of inflation, he added.
Mohan Prakash claimed that false promises had been made by the Modi Government, like doubling the income of the farmers, while the backwards, the Dalits and the tribals are not being provided with opportunities to progress. Opportunities are being created only for certain industrialist friends while, to cover up the failures, India is being pushed into a quagmire of hatred, despair and negativity.
Prakash further claimed that India is being broken at every level and the country’s resources are being diverted towards a handful of people. That’s why Rahul Gandhi is breaking the inertia of hatred, frustration and negativity of BJP through his Bharat Jodo Yatra held from Kanyakumari to Kashmir to reunite India. Millions of people are walking on foot in the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
Prakash added that the Congress party would now run a public dialogue programme called ‘Haath Se Haath Jodo Abhiyaan’ from 26 January till 26 March across the country which would be led by the Block Congress Committees. Under this campaign, by reaching 6 lakh villages, 2.50 lakh gram panchayats and 10 lakh polling booths, the message of Rahul Gandhi and the charge-sheet of the failures of the Modi government would be delivered to every household. He claimed that ever since the Modi government came to power, inflation is breaking the back of the citizens of the country. The gas cylinder, which cost Rs 410 in 2014, had reached beyond Rs 1050. Petrol prices had reached from Rs 70 per litre to over Rs 100 per litre, while the price of diesel had increased from Rs 55 per litre to around Rs 90 per litre now. The price of edible oil and pulses was Rs 70 per kg, but now had crossed Rs 200 per kg. He added that prices of crude oil were continuously decreasing in the international market, but the Modi government is not reducing the prices of petrol and diesel. India now ranks below Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh in the Hunger Index, the Congress leader claimed, even as the debts of the rich were being waived by the Modi Government.
PCC Chief Karan Mahra, former Cabinet Minister Nav Prabhat and Congress Vice President Mathura Dutt Joshi were also present on this occasion.