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Posted on Mar 16, 06:08PM | UNI
Amethi, Mar 15 : Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today struck an emotional chord with the people of his constituency saying that Amethi is his home and his family.
Mr Gandhi, who is on a one-day visit to Amethi, laid the foundation stone for three national highway projects in his Parliament constituency.
Addressing a public meeting after the function, the Congress MP said, "I have told you on many occasions that Amethi is my family, it is my home. Definitely I have a political relationship with you but it is like a family relationship. I travel across the country, but nowhere else other than here in Amethi, I feel more happy and relaxed. Though you entrust me with more and
responsibilities, I like the smiles in your faces very much." The crowd acknowledged it with loud applauds.
"Lots of people of Amethi are engaged in the cultivation of rose flowers. You take those flowers to Lucknow and Delhi. My dream is that, in ten years, the people from here will be able to sell their grains and flowers even in America, England or in Dubai," said Mr Gandhi.
The crowd erupted further when Rahul Gandhi said, "I dream of a day when youngsters from Amethi will be running their own business in America and they will have the flowers from Amethi on their table".
"This is not a big deal. We can accomplish it. What we need is to dream big. If we dream big, we can achieve big things... Now only the people of India know about Amethi. But in 10-15 years, even the people of America and England will know about Amethi," the Congress vice-president said
Union Surface Transport minister C P Joshi, who was also present on the occasion, announced to set up a National Motor Driving and Training Centre here.
Mr Gandhi, along with Mr Joshi, were in Amethi for two hours.
Rahul Gandhi laid the foundation stone for three national highways - NH 330, 931 and 931 A respectively connecting Raebareli to Jagdishpur, Faizabad; Chindwa to Gauriganj; Salon to Jayas - Jagdishpur Marg. The 520 km project will cost Rs 420 crore.