Rahul in Chennai, says ‘Narendra…Sorry, Nirav Modi’

Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s slip of tongue at a college in Chennai while talking about fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi had the young audience in splits.

He blurted out “Narendra” instead of “Nirav” while talking about corrupt businessmen looting taxpayers’ money.

“These people ran away with thousands of crores of rupees,” said Rahul Gandhi, naming Nirav Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi — both accused in the Rs. 13,000 crore bank scam – and Anil Ambani,” he said.

Rahul added: “How many jobs did Mr Nirav Modi create for India? I can bet that you would be able to create more jobs with say Rs. 30 lakh the government gives you to start business.”

You can’t have a negative, fearful atmosphere in the country and expect economic growth, which is directly related to the mood of the country, Rahul Gandhi said.

He said the Congress will change the mood of the country and make people feel happy and empowered. Rahul, who asked students to refer to him as Rahul, said the law must apply to everybody and not be applied selectively.

He said this in response to a question on his brother-in-law Robert Vadra. “I will be the first person to say it… investigate Robert Vadra but also investigate Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.

“How many times have you seen the Prime Minister of India standing in the middle of 3,000 women like this? How many times have you seen the Prime Minister of India like this, being open to any question from anybody?”

Questioning the intelligence failure that led to the Pulwama attack, Gandhi stated that the “architect of Pulwama attack was let go by the BJP”. He said, “The government must explain Masood Azhar’s release. Why was he released in 1999?”