Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public rally in Maharashtra's Gondia on Wednesday for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He specifically put forth a question to NCP chief and Congress ally Sharad Yadav while interacting with the crowd that gathered to hear their Prime Minister. In reference to the Congress Manifesto, PM Modi asked ' I want to ask the former Defence Minister Sharad Pawar Ji that Do you agree with the Dhakosla Patra of Congress?'
"My dear brothers and sisters, you will have to stay vigilant. If you will make even a minor mistake then these Mahamilavat will give pace to Naxalism and Maoists. At the time when our government is trying to punish the Urban Naxals, the netas of Congress and NCP are standing for these people. And you all have witnessed this. The Congress has openly stated that if someone is found indulging in anti-national activities then he won't come under the heat of the law. Is the Congress right or wrong? Can you let these people do whatever they want? Congress has decided to scrap sedition law. The Congress which downplays the sacrifices of our forces and its partner NCP, should they be punished or not. I want to ask the former Defence Minister Sharad Pawar Ji that do you agree with the Dhakosla Patra of Congress? You have been a defense Minister and you were born on the land of Shivaji Maharaj. Why have you locked your views? What is the reason?"
Congress released its list of promises for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in a big event on Tuesday. The manifesto was drafted by a committee led by former Union minister P Chidambaram. Rahul Gandhi has made jobs creation, farm distress, GST modifications and Rs 72,000 per annum income support to poor families key focus for the party's election promise. In the 55-page document, the Congress has also promised to come out with separate budget for farmers, fill up 22 lakh government vacancies, allocate 6 per cent of GDP to education, assured 50 more days of guaranteed jobs from current 100 under the MNREGA, boosting healthcare infrastructure and enhance safety of women.
However, Sonia Gandhi was upset with Congress Manifesto's design as she wanted Rahul Gandhi on cover not huge crowd, as per sources.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the battle for the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal right to the heart of the Trinamool's bastion, addressing a rally at Siliguri with another planned in Kolkata mere hours later.
At Siliguri, he highlighted the progress and development that his BJP-led NDA government has effected in the state across various spheres and took a jibe at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over this, saying 'Didi is a speed-breaker on development'. His speech came on the same day as Mamata Banerjee will be holding her first public meeting for the General elections in the state at Dinhata in North Bengal - just 170 km from Siliguri.