Bardoli, Gujarat, Feb 8 IBNS | 10 months ago

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi addressing a rally in Gujarat, the home turf of his rival Narendra Modi, said on Saturday while they talk about constructing a statue of Sardar Patel, they have not read history and honoured his ideals. Gandhi scion also called the government one for the rich and by the rich where poor have no say.

Without naming Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi said "he talks of Sardar Patel and plans to build his statue, but they do not read history or learn about the ideals of Patel or Gandhi."

"What had Patel said about RSS? He had said RSS is a poisonous idea which will destroy Indian ideals. They want to build statue but have not read him. Whose ideals killed Gandhiji? Their ideals killed him. After Gandhiji's death Patel spoke of banning RSS," said Rahul Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi said Congress is not a party but a way of thinking and for it people like Patel and Gandhiji gave their entire life.

He said in Gujarat there is no Lokayukta or RTI activity while they talk about corruption and in the Modi cabinet there are three convicted ministers who were in jail.

He said in Gujarat 6000 farmers committed suicide. He said Congress government waived Rs 70,000 crore loan for the state.

"55000 small businesses have closed down. Who talk about them," asked Gandhi.

He said Congress lifted 14 crore people out of poverty.

"This is a government of the rich. Farmers are committing suicide. Big lofty lectures are being delivered and they talk about statue. He also slammed Modi on the issue of education and mentioned the various schemes of Congress government to develop the nation.

Rahul Gandhi attended a Youth Congress's Vikas Khoj Yatra in Bardoli region of south Gujarat and took part in a march.

"There is only one person here who is powerful. All else are powerless. We want to empower people. We want to give you rights, power. We want to empower the tribal people. Your fight is our fight," said Gandhi.

He said the government in Gujarat is of the rich and not the poor.

"But we will empower the poor and make them middle class with their rights. Here people are toiling and one man is taking the credit," he said.

Attacking Modi on his humble tea seller origin claim, Rahul Gandhi said while everyone does some work in India and tea sellers also are equally contributing, people should not make others fool with such comparisons.

(Posted on 08-02-2014)

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