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Gandhi also labelled the prime minister's programme aired on All India Radio a monologue and said the country wants to hear him speak on billionaire diamond jeweller Nirav Modi and the Rafale "scam". "The PM is living up to this wonderful image of a great magician who can make things appear and disappear at the snap of a finger".

"By bringing that baccha (Rahul Gandhi) in Karnataka, we now know that we will win more than 150 seats here", Yeddyurappa said at a BJP social media convention.

Taking to Twitter, Gandhi through a poem said that first it was Lalit Modi then Vijay Mallya and now Nirav Modi, who have eloped the country.

With just days left for the state to go to polls, PM Modi will visit Garo Hills to address a public rally at Phulbari on February 22 at 2 pm.

The Congress chief also criticised the Centre's offer to beautify the churches and religious institutions in the Christian-majority state and claimed that of late, there had been a "tremendous increase" in the discrimination towards and humiliation of the north-east people.

The PNB has lodged two financial fraud complaints of Rs. 11400 crore and Rs 280 crore against Nirav Modi, his family members and Mehul Choksi, owner of Gitanjali Gems.

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Rahul Gandhi accused the Modi government of making Aadhaar mandatory for bank accounts and registration of mobile sim cards in order to intensify surveillance on the citizens of the country.

Gandhi said the BJP-led government had failed to create jobs for youth and fair prices to farmers for their produce. "The Prime Minister had told the nation he would be a watchman for the people of the country and yet he couldn't prevent the theft of their hard earned money". The tribals of India had felt that they would get equal share, and their land, traditions and culture would be protected. "But as the government enters the fag end of its tenure, it is clear that instead of giving hope, security and economic growth they have given hopelessness, unemployment, fear, hatred and violence".

Last month, during his two-day visit, Gandhi had interacted with party workers at Jowai, Pradesh Congress Committee's office bearers and attended musical evening here.

In his statement, Rahul said, "This is the core of Congress thinking, We respect you. It is not an election gimmick, we genuinely want to help these poor people", Yeddyurappa added.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tore into the PM and Nirav Modi at a rally in Meghalaya on Tuesday.

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