Deoria/Siddharthnagar, May 9 UNI | 2 months ago

Lashing out at BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi for failing to see the development works done in the past few years, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today said even a developed nation like the United States can see this.

'It is surprising to note that Mr Modi cannot see any advancement in India in the past few decades, when a country like US can witness this,' Mr Gandhi said during his election meet in Siddharthnagar district. 'Mr Modi is always pointing out the weaknesses, but I think his eyes are failing to see the development done under the regime of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre,' he claimed.

He makes tall claims about the development works in his state Gujarat, but the fact is that every second child aged below five years is reeling under mal-nutrition.

Addressing a rally in Deoria, Mr Gandhi said the people belonging to the financially-weaker sections were getting food and employment, owing to the schemes implemented by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

'The Congress has always remained concerned about the people of the country and brought schemes like the Mahatma Gandhi

National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) and the Food Security Act for the commonman,'Mr Gandhi said in an election meeting here.

The people of two mindsets were having a clash in this Lok Sabha election, the Congress vice-president asserted.

'Congress beleives in associating itself with the common people, while the BJP is doing caste and religion based politics and promoting communalism,' he alleged. Patting his government by counting its achievements, Mr Gandhi assured free medical services to the poor, if his party remains in power at the Centre. The Modi government in Gujarat has favoured some industrialists very much and Gautam Adani is one of them.

'He was provided land at very cheap rate, all thanks to the Gujarat government,'the Congress vice-president commented. He further hit at the Samajwadi Party-led Uttar Pradesh government for not implementing the scheme of cheap foodgrains to the poors in the state. Deoria Lok Sabha seat is going to polls in the last phase on May 12 next.

(Posted on 10-05-2014)