Kottayam, Apr 5 UNI | 4 months ago

Lauding the Kerala model of development over that of Gujarat, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today said his party wants a situation where every Indian attains the status enjoyed by the Keralites and every women in the country enjoy the status of the women in the state.

He was speaking at the meeting organized at Chengannur, 36 kilmoters from here, by the UDF as part of the election campaign of its candidates in Mavelikkara, Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta Parliament constituencies.

He promised the state, a link to the ambitious industrial corridor aimed at providing jobs to 10 crore people and as an alternative to the improving the life of the 70 crore people who are living above the poverty line and below the middle class, if voted back to power. Referring on a series of welfare initiatives like RTI and Right to Food brought in by the UPA in the last ten years, he said, the party would make a few more legislations for making access to health and medicine the people's right. According to him, in the last decade, UPA had been able to bring 15 crore people above the poverty line.

Contrary to his speech at the northern tip and much to the surprise of the state leaders he had a soft approach towards CPM here in the evening. However, he did not mince his words against BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, without naming him. Much of his speech concentrated on the dignity of the empowered women of the state and the status they enjoy, possibly aiming at the women who have an upper hand in the electorate as well as the crowd present to listen him. He particularly mentioned the role of nurses from the state in the economy and the society with their presence in other parts of the country and the world. KPCC president VM Sudheeran, former KPCC president and home minister Ramesh Chennithala, Kerala Congress (B) Chairman R Balakrishna Pillai and local MLA PC Vishnunath also spoke. Chief Election agent Eby Kuriakose presented a moment to Rahul Gandhi while Jyothi Vijayakumar was the translator. Kodikkunnil Suresh, K C Venugopal and Anto Antony, the candidates, were also present at the occasion.

(Posted on 06-04-2014)