'Mahatma Gandhi is my role model in politics', says Rahul
Recalling how Mahatma Gandhi, who belonged to Gujarat, shared the feeling of brotherhood, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the former is his role model in politics.
Addressing a poll rally here, Rahul said when he thinks about politics he thinks about Gandhiji and feels the power of Gandhi is with him.
"Many people think Gandhi's thoughts are outdated but I would like to say why I consider him my guru. Sometime we have to make rules in order to adhere to principles," he said.
"Gandhiji had said we should listen to the opinion of all people. Look at the UPA Government and its programmes and tell me of one which has taken away the voice of the people," he added.
Recalling a childhood political story, Rahul narrated an incident when Jawaharlal Nehru was lodged in jail, and how Gandhiji would sleep on the floor to show solidarity with Nehru...
"Today, if Gandhiji was alive he would have exhorted the people to fight for their rights."
Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh have already campaigned in the state.
Asserting that there is large-scale corruption in Gujarat, Sonia on Monday described the Narendra Modi-led BJP government as anti-people.
Addressing a rally in Siddhpur, Sonia said "According to news reports, wrong-doings are going on in Gujarat. We have known about CAG reports (talking about corruption). There is large-scale corruption in Gujarat."
Urging voters to give a courageous and befitting reply to the BJP government's false, and dictatorial government, Sonia said "We have to change Gujarat and bring it back to the right path of development. We will strive to come to power to achieve this. People will give a befitting reply to this anti- people government."
Gujarat will go to the polls in two phases on December 13 and 17. The counting of votes will take place on December 20.