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Rahul hits out at Modi, says Mamata govt shielding Saradha scam accused

Nagaon/ Malda/ Murshidabad, Apr 19 (PTI): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party and Narendra Modi of being divisive like the British Raj, and also attacked Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamul Congress government in West Bengal for failing to take action against those accused in the Saradha scam.

“Like the British Raj, the BJP and Modi also believe in the divide and rule policy,” Rahul said at election meetings in Assam and West Bengal.

Ridiculing the Gujarat model touted by Modi, Rahul said giving away farmland at throwaway prices to an industrialist who made enormous profits selling it was the model touted by the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate.

Rahul attacked the Mamata Banerjee government in the Saradha ponzi scam, and accused it of not taking action against those involved and instead trying to save them.

”The government here has not done anything for two years...20 lakh people have been affected (by the scam),” he said.

“SEBI and Enforcement Directorate told them to take action, but the Mamata Banerjee's government which says it is a government of the poor, is not taking any action. On the other hand, they are trying to save them,” Rahul said.

“But an agency is now probing the matter and everything will come out in the open,” Rahul said.

Rahul also alleged that there was a primary school teacher scam in the state in which 35,000 teachers were hit.

“Guidelines are not implemented. Trinamool men are given jobs, but not the right people who are teachers,” he said.

“Bada bada bhashan hota hain magar garibo ka kaam nahi hota hai (Big lectures are given, but no work is done for the poor),” Rahul alleged.

Rahul also slammed the TMC government on women's security saying that West Bengal topped the list on atrocities against women and rape.

“Women in Bengal are the worst sufferers in the whole country though the state has a woman Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Today, Bengal has emerged the number one state in terms of rape,” he said.

Earlier in Nagaon, he also accused the BJP of paying 'lip service to women' and said its posters carried the picture of only Narendra Modi.

“BJP talks about strengthening women. I have seen their posters in Delhi talking about it but there is a photo of one man only ... There is no photo of Sushma-ji or other BJP women leaders ... Only of one man,” he said.

“In Gujarat the entire police force and Intelligence are busy with phone tapping activities and chasing women,” Rahul said.

Rahul said if Congress returned to power, the first thing that would be done by them would be to pass the Women's Bill guaranteeing 33 per cent reservation for women in the Assembly and Parliament. “The Bill has been stalled by the opposition for a long time in Parliament.”