Ludhiana, May 16 -- Wooing the small and mediumscale industry in Ludhiana, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who addressed his maiden rally in Dakha in support of party's Ludhiana candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu, said Modi had crushed the backbone of Ludhiana with demonetisation.

Calling it Modi's 'financial paagalpan (madness)', Rahul stated that Modi had forced factories in Ludhiana to shut down, and assured a change if voted to power.

"I want to tell you that without 'made in Ludhiana', India cannot challenge 'made in China'," he said to a gathering of thousands.

He began his address by asking the public if "acche din" had come. "Ludhiana is the centre for small and medium industry and Narendra Modi has destroyed the businesses here wit...