Rahul Gandhi takes on Jayalalithaa, criticises state government on various fronts
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been on war-footing in the Tamil Nadu leg of his campaign.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been on a war footing in the Tamil Nadu leg of his campaign. With Congress serving as junior partner to DMK, the Gandhi scion hopes to ride the usual trend in Tamil Nadu politics — of ruling party not winning consecutive elections — and rejuvenate the party. In his election rallies on Saturday, he attacked the Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa on a number of issues.
On 2015 Chennai floods
While addressing a rally in Madurai, the Congress leader took potshots at the Tamil Nadu CM and claimed that he would come from Delhi to meet people during crises and extend them a helping hand. On the other hand, he said that the AIADMK chief could not meet her people. “Tamil Nadu does not need a government which is run by a person who stays within four walls and does not even have the decency to come out and see what happened when floods hit Chennai," the Deccan Chronicle quoted him as saying in his rallies.
On economy and unemployment
Rahul Gandhi also criticised the AIADMK on its alleged mishandling of the economy. He claimed that the state has been lagging in several industries, while power generation is still an unsolved issue. “Among Dalits in Tamil Nadu, 90 per cent are landless. Among the poor households, 50 per cent earn their livelihood through manual labour. Unemployment rates have gone up and several lakh youths are unemployed in Tamil Nadu,” The Indian Express quoted him as saying.
He added that industrialisation is suffering as no one wants to set up their facility in the state due to the rampant corruption. "While industry has been coming to the state to set up facilities, in the recent past, industrialists do not want to establish their business in the State due to the high level of corruption," the Business Standard reported.
On state's debt
The 45 year-old leader blamed the state government for the looming debt crisis. He claimed that each person in the state owes a debt of about Rs 2 lakh. The Business Standard reported that Tamil Nadu's outstanding debt in 2014-15 was Rs 1,81,036 crore and is expected to increase to Rs 2,11,483 crore.
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