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Posted on Dec 11, 04:44PM | IBNS
Addressing his first election rally in Gujarat ahead of the Dec 13 first phase assembly polls, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said in the western state a marketing blitz to represent a shining image is hiding the real problems faced by "aam aadmi".
"There is a strong marketing going on to say that Gujarat is shining. But tell me if you get water all the time. Behind the marketing for a person [read Narendra Modi]'s own ambition everything else is hidden," said Rahul Gandhi.
"This is the land of Gandhiji and Gujarat gave us democracy because Gandhiji hailed from here. But while Gandhiji had said that a leader must give voice to the aam aadmi [common people] here one person [read Narendra Modi] is engrossed in his own ambition and dream only," said the Congress leader.
"A government cannot be run by one person. It is run by the common people," he said, reminding people that Congress gave people everything that India is proud of.
"Earlier scams were not know. But we enacted RTI [Right to Information] law and brought out everything. Unfortunately in Gujarat 14000 RTI petitions are lying unattended and so scams are buried," said Rahul Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi's campaign in Gujarat on Tuesday came after the visits of his mother and party president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The Gandhi scion is attending rallies at Sanand in Ahmedabad in central Gujarat and at Jamnagar and Amreli in Saurashtra.
The visit of Rahul Gandhi on the last day of canvassing for the first phase of polls on Dec 13 comes in the wake of Sonia Gandhi hitting the campaign trail and the latter's bitter criticism by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s chief minister Narendra Modi.
Narendra Modi on Monday took on Sonia Gandhi calling the Congress President a stranger to the state.
Likening the Congress to a "stranger" in the state, the BJP stalwart said, "If you are going on holiday for 15 days, do you give your keys to a stranger? No. Then, how can you give Gujarat to a stranger?"
Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi on Monday slammed the Gujarat government and said its policies were "anti-people" and "anti-farmer".
"Modi government's policies are anti-people. Lakhs are reeling under poverty," Gandhi said while addressing a rally at Siddhpur town of Patan district in the poll-bound Gujarat.
"The UPA government initiated waiver schemes but the Gujarat government did not implement it," she said.
"Thousands of crores of farm loans were waived but the farmers in Gujarat did not benefit," said Sonia Gandhi.
Gujarat will vote in two phases on Dec 13 and 17.
The results will be declared on Dec 20.