Will give 500 sq.ft flats to Mumbai’s slum dwellers within 10 days of coming to power: Rahul Gandhi

Will give 500 sq.ft flats to Mumbai's slum dwellers within 10 days of coming to power: Rahul Gandhi
Gandhi announced that his party will give 500 sq.ft houses to slum dwellers instead of the 269 sq.ft ones currently allocated under the slum redevelopment projects

The scope of pre-poll promises is reaching new heights as the election date nears, with Congress president Rahul Gandhi announcing 500 sq.ft flats for slum dwellers in Mumbai within 10 days of coming to power.

Gandhi made the promise during a rally at Mumbai’s MMRDA grounds on Friday, during which he also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘smart city’ project.

“I am saying in ten days, but I assure you it will do done within two days,” he said, adding that Mumbai’s potential as a smart city needs to be recognised.

At present, 269 sq ft houses are provided under the slum redevelopment projects in Mumbai, which the Congress chief called the ‘city of peace and brotherhood’.

Gandhi also took potshots at the PM for not accepting his challenge for an open debate on corruption and the accused the BJP of attacking the constitution of India.

“What was the need to remove CBI director at midnight? Planning Commission, which showed direction to the country was wound up. For the first time the RBI governor had to resign. In Chowkidar’s India, Supreme Court judges hold press conference seeking justice from the people of India,” he said.

The Congress president also alleged that the BJP was controlling the media and slammed its Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme for farmers for giving too little to farmers.

“If you want to hear falsehood and ‘Mann ki Baat”, go to Chowkidar’s meetings. If you want to hear truth and ‘kaam ki baat” (something that matters), come to us,” he said, in a dig at PM Modi’s monthly radio programme.

Gandhi also questioned the success of GST, stating that it has only managed to destroy small traders and small & medium businesses.

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