Congress Vice president Rahul Gandhi held a 75-km roadshow starting from Bhagwanpur in Haridwar district and stopped frequently along the way to address people. Rahul hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the issue of corruption. He criticised BJP for sheltering those tainted leaders who were thrown out from Congress party. The roadshow took place ahead of the February 15 Assembly election in Uttarakhand. Addressing the public meeting in Puhana he said that PM Modi doesn’t have the right to talk about corruption since he has taken in scam tainted leaders into his party. Mentioning Harish Rawat he said, “I had told Rawatji that make sure you do not allow corruption. You should put pressure on those indulging in corruption.”
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Rahul also criticized PM Modi for the ‘raincoat’ barb against former PM Manmohan Singh and said that the words chosen by him were against the dignity of the the office he holds. The opposition’s biggest weapon against the Modi government has been the demonetisation issue and using it once again he said the note ban drive is useless and through it only innocent people were harassed and that it failed to have any desirable outcome.
The roadshow which began in Bhagwanpur crossed Pairi via Pirankaliyar, Puhana, Rampurchungi, Bijholi,
Manglaur, Laksar and Landhaura. Rahul’s cavalcade covered a total distance of 75 kms touching all the eleven constituencies. The roadshow covered areas many top leaders are contesting from seats located in the district including Kunwar Pranav. Haridwar (rural), one of the two seats being contested by Chief Minister Harish Rawat, is also located in the district.
With PTI inputs