Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday finally addressed Congress president Rahul Gandhi's viral remarks made ahead of the 2017 Gujarat assembly elections that he would install a machine that would convert potatoes to gold.
Addressing a rally in Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh, PM Modi held his hands mocking the Congress president's promise to farmers, saying that while his government would do everything in its power to assist potato farmers and help them add value to their produce, he would not make such impossible promises. He added acidly that there were leaders in the Opposition who had such capabilities.
"Friends, we don't make such promises that'll make the citizens uneasy," the Prime Minister said, adding, "Otherwise there are such brilliant people in the country who make gold from potatoes. That work I can't do, please forgive me."
He continues, "I can't make gold from potatoes, nor can my party. Hence, whoever wants to make gold from potatoes can please go to them, we can't make this promise, nor can we keep it. We can't say lies, we will only tell you what we can do."
The Prime Minister concluded, "We will make cold storage, work towards value addition, making chips. We will do things that you understand and we understand."
It was in Patan in 2017 that Rahul Gandhi had made the 'potatoes to gold machine' remark while addressing an election rally. The video had immediately gone viral.
"Aisi machine lagaunga, iss side se aaloo ghusega, uss side se sona niklega.” ('I will install such a machine that if you feed in potatoes from one side, you’ll get gold from the other side.')