Congress President Rahul Gandhi, sounding the poll bugle for the 2019 general elections, on Sunday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his continued silence over issues related to corruption, women safety, bank loan frauds and foreign ammunition deals during a ‘Jan Aakrosh rally’ in New Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan. The rally, Gandhi’s first in Delhi as party president, was organised by the Congress to corner the BJP just weeks before the Karnataka elections. Gandhi said, “The Congress will win every election from now on and will also emerge victorious in 2019.”

Slamming PM Modi for failing to deliver on his promises made in the 2014 election campaign, Rahul Gandhi said, “When PM Modi speaks, people have to search hard for shreds of truth within his speeches.” Targetting power minister Piyush Goyal over charges of corruption, Gandhi said, “Union Minister Piyush Goyal makes dubious business deals benefitting companies linked to him through his position. However, PM Modi doesn’t utter a single word on this.” He also raised last year’s Doklam standoff with China in his speech. “Modi ji did not speak a single word on Doklam during his visit to China. What kind of prime minister is he,” asked Gandhi at the rally.

Sharpening his attack against PM Modi, Gandhi also raised the recent rapes in Kathua and Unnao and the alleged crisis in the higher judiciary. “Under PM Modi, for the first time in the history of our country, Supreme Court judges have had to reach out to people for justice. For the first time an Indian prime minister was asked on foreign soil to safeguard the women of this country.”