New Delhi, April 12 IANS | 12 months ago

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Saturday rubbished opinion polls that have predicted victory for the BJP-led NDA in the Lok Sabha polls.

"The BJP is good in marketing, but at the end, results count. They did good marketing in 2004, but you saw the results," Gandhi said in an interview to Headlines Today, his second to a TV news channel in recent times.

Replying to a question on why the Congress was lagging behind the Bharatiya Janata Party in the election campaign, Gandhi said the Congress' base rested in the poor, and the voice of the poor is generally sidelined.

"Our thinking is to give more and more rights to the poor. We want to give them a support system. Development is necessary but we have to also prepare human resources. That human resource will come from the poor," he said.

Gandhi pointed out that development in Gujarat, where BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is chief minister, was not inclusive. "The textile industry in Gujarat got closed. There is malnutrition. The farmers are dying of hunger," he said.

He alleged the Modi government in Gujarat has given large tracts of land to an industrialist, without naming the Adani Group.

(Posted on 12-04-2014)

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