New Delhi, Apr 6 UNI | 4 months ago

Attacking the Aam Aadmi party, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi charged them of running away from Delhi after forming the Government.

''Those who were running the Delhi government ran out of Delhi. Some went to Uttar Pradesh, some to other places,'' Mr Gandhi today said while addressing a rally at Dakshinpuri in South Delhi in support of the Congress South Delhi candidate Ramesh Kumar.

He said the Congress supported the AAP Government in Delhi because they wanted to respect the verdict of the electorate. ''We supported the opposition AAP government in Delhi because we wanted to respect the will of the people,'' the Amethi MP said.

In a swipe at the AAP promises of free water and cheap electricity, he said, ''it is very easy to make false promises. But, the very people who formed the Delhi Government ran away from here.''

He asked the crowd gathered at the rally whether the previous Delhi government gave them 'Bijli and Paani' to which they shouted in unison ''No''.

In his strongest attack on AAP, Mr Gandhi said,''They ran away in three months. The national capital had to suffer for it.''

Calling the 2014 election a battle of ideologies, He said, ''BJP's thinking is that all the knowledge, all the solutions of the problems is with only one single leader while we believe in carrying everybody along with us.

''In Gujarat, Sikh farmers are called 'outsiders', but for us Everyone is 'insiders. We welcome everybody in Delhi, but in Maharashtra, people of UP and Bihar are beaten by the BJP-Shiv Sena. Today, I saw a poster of BJP which promises women security, but in Gujarat their phones are tapped, they are followed by police.''

Taking a swipe at the BJP for a delay in releasing of its manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls, he said,'' They never asked people for their manifesto, so there is no manifesto. All gyan is with one person ? We have been interacting with people for our manifesto for six months, have asked everyone. They have not even made their manifesto.''

Addressing the huge rally, attended by Congress candidate

Ramesh Kumar, DPCC chief Ravinder Singh Lovely and other leaders of the Delhi Congress, Mr Gandhi charged the BJP with running a negative campaign and stalling developmental measures.

''The Opposition stalled the Women's Reservation Bill in Parliament. Women are the strength of this nation. I want that a day should come when women sitting here should be in Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha,'' he said.

Listing some of the promises made in the Congress Manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections, he said,''When the poor want to go to hospitals, they face difficulties. We want to solve that problem. So, we will give them the 'Right to Health'. We will give you the 'Right to Shelter', wherever you are. If you are poor, we will give you a roof above your ahead.'' He said the Congress will open 2000 women police stations. ''These will be run only by women,'' the Congress vice-president said.

The rally drew an encouraging response from the South Delhi crowd. In fact, after his speech, Mr Gandhi mingled with the crowd. People were seen hugging him during the public rally . Elections to seven Lok Sabha seats are scheduled on April 10.

(Posted on 06-04-2014)