Chitrakoot: Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has broken the trust of the nation in reference to the Rafale controversy. 

"PM Modi has broken the trust of the youth of the country. Corruption has happened in the case of Rafale deal. The decision has been taken by the prime minister on this deal and the benefit has been received by the prime minister’s friend," he said, who is on a two-day trip to the poll-bound state. 

Rahul began a two-day visit with prayers at the famous Kamtanath temple in Satna district's Chitrakoot town. Earlier in the day, Rahul reached Chitrakoot, which is closely associated with Lord Ram, from Allahabad by helicopter and stayed in the temple premises for about half-an-hour while performing the 'puja'.

While addressing the rally, Rahul said: “Congress had waived debt of Rs 70,000 crore for farmers. But PM Modi did not give anything to the farmers. People voted for him thinking that Modi would give Rs 15 lakh to the poor, farmers and youth of the country, but it did not happen. People just got cheated.”

Rahul also said that PM Modi has insulted India’s 'Iron Man' Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and the youth of India and promoting things made in China.

“PM Modi has insulted Sardar Patel. Modiji talks about making a statue of Sardar Patel in Gujarat, but the statue is made in China, just like our shoes and shirts. The Modi government says it offers jobs to 450 youths of India only in 24 hours, while in China 50,000 get jobs.”

The Kamta Nath temple is located on the forested hill of Kamadgiri where, according to mythology, Lord Rama stayed during his exile.

The 48-year-old Amethi MP was accompanied by Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath, state party campaign committee chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia and leader of Opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly Ajay Singh.

The Congress chief will leave for Rewa, where he will hold a roadshow, in the evening.

On Friday, Rahul will travel by a bus to address public meetings at Saipur Mod, Baron, Baikunthpur, Lalgaon and Chunari villages spread over Rewa and Satna, said party leaders.

The Congress has been out of power in Madhya Pradesh since 2003.

During his earlier visit on September 17, Gandhi held a roadshow in Bhopal after performing a puja and taking blessings from 11 priests.

The Congress president had visited the state after returning from the Kailash Mansarovar yatra, which he undertook to pay obeisance to Lord Shiva.

Ahead of Rahul's Kailash Mansarovar visit, posters were put up in Bhopal, calling him a 'Shiv bhakt' (devotee of Lord Shiva).

(With agency inputs)