Bathinda, (Punjab), Apr. 28 ANI | 7 months ago

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that on the one hand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi talks of women empowerment, and on the other, he taps their phones and stalks them with the help of the Gujarat Police.

"In Delhi, there was a poster in which there was a picture of Modi that read - "more power to women". He says he wants to give power to women. In Mangalore, his party beats up women," Rahul said.

"20,000 women in Chhattisgarh have disappeared; and their (BJP) minister says he doesn't know where the women are. In Gujarat, Modi uses the police to stalk a woman and taps his phone," he added.

He further said that Sikhs were being thrown out of Punjab after being called outsiders.

"A few days back a Sikh farmer had come to me from Punjab. He was crying. He held my hand and asked me if he was a citizen of this country. He told me he had come from Pakistan during Independence, but had been thrown out of Gujarat after being called an outsider," said Gandhi.

"He told me that the government had given him some land in Gujarat, and a few months back a few officers threw his family out from there. They asked him to go back to Punjab. He said the officer told him that he was an outsider," he said.

"The Gujarat officers threw out thousands of Sikhs from Gujarat. You have Akali Dal here and they are contesting elections with the BJP. But on the other hand, Sikhs are being thrown out of Gujarat," he added.

He further said that Modi spoke about curbing corruption, but at the same time, he was supporting corrupt ministers.

"Just like money is being given to businessman in Gujarat a similar thing is happening here. Punjab has a lot of money but the money is concentrated in the hands of few. Modi comes and says he is against corruption," he said.

"Doesn't he see the corruption in Punjab, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh? The CM of Karnataka went to jail on corruption charges, but Modi stands on the stage with him and talks about corruption," he added.

(Posted on 28-04-2014)

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