Land bill row: Modi’s “Make in India” is “Take in India”, says Rahul
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Land bill row: Modi’s “Make in India” is “Take in India”, says Rahul

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the fight against the controversial land bill has not ended but has shifted to state assemblies, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi''s "Make in India" campaign was actually "Take in India" as it has "no place for farmers and labourers".

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the fight against the controversial land bill has not ended but has shifted to state assemblies, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" campaign was actually "Take in India" as it has "no place for farmers and labourers".

Addressing a well-attended rally at the Ramlila Maidan here to mark the party's "victory" over the government on the land bill, Gandhi said Modi only listens to "people in suit-boot".

He said Modi does not talk to farmers or the youth about their problems but only to bureaucrats and businessmen.

Gandhi referred to the working conditions at a ship-breaking facility in Alang in Gujarat — Modi's native state — and said labourers get insulted as their "chemical-ridden bodies" are not able to burn properly after their death.

He said labourers get killed under wreckage of ships and also due to radioactive material in ships. "When the bodies are burnt, there is so much chemical that the bodies do not burn completely. This is how a labourer is insulted," Gandhi said.

He said the Modi government brought ordinances to change the land Act of the United Progressive Alliance government but had to finally relent and allow the ordinance to lapse.

"But I know Modi-ji. What he really thinks, he does not say. On one hand, he said the bill of the Congress will not end, on the other he told his chief ministers that we (Congress) could not do it at the Centre. "Try to do it (make changes to the land law passed in 2013) at the state-level. The battle has not ended. It is in the state assemblies. The Congress has to fight it in every state," he said.

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