Congress president Rahul Gandhi. (Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg)

Election 2019: Rahul Taunts Modi Over Claim On Cloud Cover During Balakot Air Strike

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remarks that cloud cover "helped" Indian Air Force planes evade Pakistani radars during the Balakot air strikes.

"Modi ji, whenever it rains in India, do all aircraft disappear from the radar," Gandhi said. at an election rally in Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh, ahead of the last phase of polling for 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The Congress president also made a veiled reference to Modi's interaction with actor Akshay Kumar in which the prime minister revealed that he loved mangoes as a child and still loves them. "Modi ji, you taught (us) how to eat mangoes; now tell the country what you did for jobless youth," he said.

Gandhi said his party's proposed NYAY scheme—for minimum income guarantee to farmers—will jump start the Indian economy and set right the "injustice" done due to Goods and Services Tax and demonetisation. The Indian economy has been left in the doldrums due to flawed GST implementation and demonetisation.

"The NYAY scheme will benefit five crore families who earn less than Rs 12,000 per month. This means Rs 72,000 will be deposited in the bank accounts of beneficiaries annually and Rs 3.6 lakh in five years," he said.

Demonetisation and GST have left lakhs of people unemployed and small and medium enterprises have been left in the lurch, Gandhi said.

"The NYAY scheme will ensure that people start purchasing goods, while small and medium businesses can start manufacturing the goods resulting in employment opportunities," he said.

Nyay is not an option but a necessity, Gandhi said.