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Rahul Gandhi Questions PM Modi’s OBC Identity Amidst Caste Census Debate

During an election rally in Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi launched a pointed attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, questioning his self-identification as an Other Backward Class (OBC) in light of the ongoing debate regarding the caste census.

By Rekha Joshi 
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During an election rally in Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a direct swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, questioning his self-identification as an Other Backward Class (OBC) in light of the ongoing debate around the caste census.

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Gandhi challenged PM Modi’s assertion that ‘poor’ is the only caste in India. He pointedly asked, “PM Modi says in every speech, ‘I am OBC’. But when I talk about the caste census, they say there is no caste in India. There is only one caste in India: ‘Garib’. Modi ji, if ‘poor’ is the only caste in the country, then why do you call yourself OBC?”

Continuing his criticism, Gandhi highlighted the unfulfilled promises made by PM Modi, such as the pledge of ₹15 lakh for citizens, the claim that demonetization would eliminate black money, and the assurance that farmers would benefit from the Farm Bill, which was ultimately rejected by the farming community.

Gandhi also emphasized the successful implementation of promises made by the Congress government in Chhattisgarh, including the waiver of farm loans and the provision of free education from KG to PG. He assured the audience that the electricity bill for families consuming up to 200 units would be waived, benefiting 40 lakh families in the state.

The first phase of voting for the Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections, comprising 20 seats, took place recently. The remaining 70 seats are scheduled for voting on November 17, with the vote counting set for December 3.

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