Rahul: Will counter China with ‘Made in Ludhiana’
Congress president Rahul Gandhi onWednesday promised to revive the small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in cities like Ludhiana. “Without ‘Made in Ludhiana’, Indian can never meet the challenge of ‘Made in China’,” he said. Rahul slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “ruining” the Indian economy. Demonetisation and GST (that he labelled as Gabbar Singh Tax) have weakened the economy, he said, while addressing a gathering at Mullanpur here. He alleged that demonetisation was a ploy to favour the rich and selected few.
Stressing on Nyay scheme, he said it was not only for the poor as it would help jumpstart the businesses and improve the spending power of the lower strata. “Following demonetisation, the purchasing capacity has dwindled, factories were shut down and workers laid off. But once Nyay is implemented, the spending power of the people will improve, which in turn will give a boost to the economy.”
Rahul alleged that Modi had waived huge loans of Rs 5.55 lakh crore of 15 big business houses. The Congress manifesto clearly mentioned two big challenges in the country – unemployment and farmers’ miserable condition, he said, adding that employment could be generated only by empowering SMEs. Accompanied by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, party’s Punjab affairs incharge Asha Kumari and other party leaders, Rahul appealed to the people to make Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu victorious with a big margin and said Bittu would be given a suitable responsibility in the next UPA government.