AGRA: On Monday, even a 30-second advertisement on television costs lakhs of rupees, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said and asked who was funding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's campaign for the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. Mr Gandhi said, addressing a rally in favour of Congress nominee Raj Babbar from Fatehpur Sikri "Everywhere it is the publicity of Narendra Modi. Where is the money coming from? Thirty seconds on TV or newspaper advertisements require lakhs of rupees. Who is giving the money for it? It is not coming from Modi's pocket,".
He alleged that the prime minister had looted public money and given it to fugitive businessmen such as Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, Lalit Modi and Vijay Mallya.Attacking PM Modi over his "failed" promises, Mr Gandhi said the prime minister had lied to the youth about generating two crore jobs and to the people of India about putting Rs. 15 lakh in everyone's bank account."Modi has destroyed the farmers of this country. He came to power making false promises. I will not say we will deposit Rs. 15 lakh in everyone's bank account. I will give you a practical number. We will deposit Rs. 72,000 in the bank accounts of the poor people," he added.
Elaborating on the "NYAY" scheme promised by the Congress, Mr Gandhi said he had consulted economists on extending financial help to the poor people without disturbing the economy and was given the figure of Rs. 72,000 per annum."When we talk about the NYAY scheme, Modi asks where the money will come from. I want to tell you that it will not come from the pockets of the middle class. There will be no hike in the income tax. It will come from Anil Ambani, Mehul Choksi, Nirav Modi and go to your pockets," the Congress chief said.Asking the gathering if anyone had benefited from PM Modi's promise of Rs. 15 lakh, he said the Congress's promise of Rs. 72,000 would benefit 20 per cent of the most poor people in the country.