Amethi, Sep 4 :
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Thursday indirectly acknowledged the tussle between the party’s old guard and the younger leaders, saying there were “multiple voices” and the party will deal with it.
Asked by the media about dissenting voices within the party, the 44-year-old Lok Sabha member from Amethi said: “The Congress party is a very old party and one which has done great service to this nation.
“There are multiple voices in the Congress party… There are always these types of tension. We will deal with these types of tension.”
Gandhi is in his constituency on a two-day visit.
Rahul takes a jibe at PM Modi
Rahul took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he was playing the drums in Japan while people in India were battling power cuts, price rise and lack of roads and water supply.
“The prime minister is playing the drums in Japan while there is no electricity here. There are no roads and there is no water,” said Gandhi, who is currently on a two-day visit to his constituency Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.
He said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made tall promises in the run-up to the general elections but there was no action on the ground after it came to power.
“The government came on a set of promises. The government has forgotten their promises, so let me remind them. If I recall correctly, there was a promise about corruption, there was a promise on prices, there was a promise on electricity.”
“Vegetables are more expensive today than they were. There is a serious electricity problem and no action has been taken on corruption. So, where is the result?” Gandhi asked.
“Modi had promised action against graft and assured voters of tackling inflation… nothing has happened on these fronts,” Gandhi said.
The Congress vice president alleged that the BJP leaders are high on speeches, but low on delivery, and that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s first 100 days in power were a failure.
“Big speeches are happening, but the efforts to fulfill election promises have not yet begun,” he said.
Gandhi said the common man too was realising that the BJP was not sincere about fulfilling those promises.
He said he has written a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, seeking his intervention in power cuts in Amethi.
Two days ago, Rahul Gandhi’s mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi – during a tour of her parliamentary constituency Rae Bareli – had launched a similar attack on Modi, accusing him of failing to fulfill the promises made to the people.
Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak reacted strongly to Rahul Gandhi’s remarks.
He said the ‘yuvraj’ had lost control over his own party and whatever he was saying was both “untrue and irrelevant”.