Mathura: Rahul Gandhi, who is in Mathura to assess the party's strategy in the state which goes to assembly polls in early 2017, made a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government at the Centre on Monday.
The Congress leader said that farmers across the country were abusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not fulfilling promises made by him during the 2014 General Elections.
"Prime Minister Modi had promised to raise MSP (Minimum Support Price) to the farmers. He (PM Modi) also said to farmers not to worry as 'acche din' will come. And now, in every state, farmers are committing suicide. I want to tell you that when I am visiting the farmers, they are not criticising, but abusing Narendra Modi," Gandhi said.
"He promised to the youth that 'achche din' will come and that they will get employment. Not even a single youth got job. He even promised ex-servicemen that he would implement OROP(One Rank One Pension). Even today, ex-servicemen are asking for written orders from the government. This only shows the damage Narendra Modi is doing to himself, perhaps, we all together cannot do it," Gandhi added.
"Keep on targeting the PM as he is bound to go downwards. We need to make sure that Congress is able to fill up the space being vacated by him," he said.
The Congress vice president also urged his partymen to imbibe the 'team culture' of Steve Jobs' Apple and shun rigid hierarchies like the RSS in its bid to regain lost ground in UP.
"Congress party must work like Steve Jobs' Apple and be open to all opinions and not just some leaders. We (Congress) allow people to have different ideologies, unlike the RSS," the Congress leader told his party workers while addressing a 'Chintan Shivir' here.
A 'Chintan Shivir' (brain storming session) of the Uttar Pradesh unit of the Congress Party is being held in Mathura, which is being chaired by Gandhi and attended by around 700 party leaders.