Modi govt betrayed people, corruption has taken deeper roots under it: Sonia

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The spokesperson of BJP's Delhi unit today posted a video in which a group of people can be seen heckling a news reporter as he reported on empty seats at the venue of "Jan Akrosh" rally organised by the Congress in the national capital.

The BJP chief even explained why, pointing to the recent parliament session that ended without any of the to-do list being ticked.

"I will protect Salman Khurshid. I am ready to accept from this platform that there will be different opinions in our party and that I will allow different opinions to flourish in the party", he told the gathering. "I will defend Salman Khurshid but will also say that we have to take on RSS and BJP unitedly".

Packing a lot of punch in his almost 30-minute address, Gandhi said Modi keeps making promises in his speeches but people have a hard time finding the truth. He said Modi had talked of providing two crore jobs every year and the youth believed him, but now "unemployment is highest in the past eight years", while demonetisation and faulty implementation of GST had "broken the back of the informal sector". "There is no respect for the views of Arun Jaitley or L.K. Advani", he said. "It is first time a Power Minister has sold his company to a power company and Narendra Modi does not speak a word", Gandhi said. I repeatedly requested PM Modi to waive off loans of farmers but he remained silent. He also took a dig at the BJP.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sought support for the Congress and its president Rahul, saying the democracy of the country is in danger with the Modi government consistently undermining its constitutional institutions. He had said he was not kept in the loop on the impeachment notice. In a series of tweets, Amit Shah described Congress as power hungry and demanded answers from the opposition party for not letting the Parliament work during the Budget session.

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Congress rally was more of a "Kursi ki lalach ki rally (a rally on greed for power)".

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In response to this, Khurshid had said, "It is a political question". There is blood on our hands. He later said only truth prevails in the Congress party.

After a controversy erupted over the issue, Mr Khurshid hit out at the media, saying it saddened him as it questioned right to speak the truth.

Meanwhile, Rahul also launched a fusillade on PM Modi and his government, questioning why the country's "chowkidar" was silent on issues of graft and weakening of institutions.

Rahul cited the mega bank fraud, the controversial Rafale jet deal and extraordinary profits of Jay Shah, son of BJP chief Amit Shah to slam the Modi government over corruption while pointing out that joblessness and atrocities against Dalits and women had become the hallmark of the BJP rule over the past four years.

Rahul spoke at his first rally, outside the historic walled city of Delhi, after taking over as party president in December previous year.