New Delhi, May 7 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of playing vendetta politics by scrapping a proposed food park in his constituency Amethi.
Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Gandhi sought to remind Modi of his 2014 election speech in Amethi when he said that “he was not a practitioner of politics of revenge but one of change”.
“In this country, promises are important for politicians, specially those made by the prime minister,” Gandhi said.
He told Modi to remember his campaign promise now that the food park project was being cancelled.
“The food park project has been cancelled. The food park would make a huge difference to the lives of Amethi’s farmers… Please don’t cancel it,” Gandhi said.
Gandhi quoted farmers in Amethi as complaining that they sold a kilo of potatoes for Rs.2 but a pack of potato chips, worth only a rupee, cost Rs.10.
Gandhi said 40 factories were to come up in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.
Taking a jibe at Modi, Gandhi referred to the prime minister’s gold-striped suit as he told the treasury benches: “I am not talking about suit but potato.”
Speaking to the media outside, Gandhi added the food park was “one of the most important projects” in Amethi and the surrounding districts because it gave farmers the “opportunity… to directly sell their produce and make much better money”.
“The prime minster had mentioned he is not going to do ‘badle ki rajneeti’ (politics of vendetta)… But silently the food park project is killed.”