Shillong/Mendipathar: Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address a public meeting at Jrisalein playground in Jowai in Meghalaya on Wednesday. He will also attend a jan sampark programme in Shillong.
Rahul is on a two-day campaign trail in the north-eastern state.
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Meanwhile, on Tuesday, on his second visit to the poll-bound state, the Congress president hit out at the BJP-led central government, alleging that it ''actively" participated in corruption by allowing bank-loan defaulters Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi to escape the country.
He also criticised the Centre's offer to beautify the churches and religious institutions in the Christian-majority state and claimed that of late, there had been a ''tremendous increase" in the discrimination towards and humiliation of the north-east people.
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''With the Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi scandals, we know that the government not only cannot remove corruption, but it is also actively participating in it,'' Rahul said.
''This government has, instead of giving hope, security and economic growth, dealt us only with unemployment, fear, hatred and violence,'' he added, PTI reported.
Continuing his attack against the BJP, the Congress president said, ''I know they (BJP) have lots of money as some of the richest Indians, including perhaps those who have run away with money stolen from Indian banks, are their supporters,'' and urged the tribals of Meghalaya to teach the saffron party ''a lesson'' in the February 27 state Assembly polls.
Lauding the work of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, he said, ''He (Sangma) ushered in an era of unprecedented growth and prosperity and by being one of the most hardworking chief ministers in the country, one can see tremendous development.''
Referring to the ruling BJP-NPF-NPP alliance in neighbouring Manipur, the Congress president accused it of running the state with ''ill-gotten money and power''.
(With PTI inputs)