On Amethi's Whirlwind Tour, Rahul Attacks BJP and Modi

With electioneering in Amethi in its last lap, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today launched a frontal attack on the BJP saying its intentions on development issue are not clean and if voted to power, the party intends to abolish welfare schemes introduced by the UPA government.

"I have got information that intentions of the BJP and (Narendra) Modi are not clean. They intend to abolish legislations like food security and employment guarantee," he told an election rally at Tekarmafi here.

Pulling out all the stops to woo voters, Gandhi further alleged that Modi's development model was limited to one or two industrialists, of which one was Adani.

The Gandhi scion claimed farmers, who had been deprived of their land in Gujarat, were not being considered as native residents and were being forced to leave the state.

The Congress-led government waived Rs 70,000 crore loan of the farmers, he said adding on the other hand, Modi gave land worth Rs 40,000 crore to Adani alone.

"In Gujarat, 45,000 acre land of farmers was given to Adani at the rate of Rs 1 per square metre which was later sold at the rate of Rs 800 per square metre.

"Before giving land to Adani, Modi didn't ask farmers even once. We fought for Bhatta Parsaul... Leading to the enactment of land acquisition law," he said.

"Farmers in Gujarat are a harassed lot. They are being forced to leave the state. They are being told they are not native residents. Some of the farmers met me and narrated their stories," Gandhi said.

The Congress vice-president said he respected women a lot and realised that they played an important role in the working of the country and had, therefore, created opportunities for 12 lakh of them by connecting them with banks.

"Modi talks about giving power to women. I want to tell him that women of India are not weak. They are internally strong. Modi should learn to respect women," he said.

In an apparent reference to the snoopgate row, Gandhi alleged policemen in Gujarat used to tap phones of women and harassed them.

The Congress vice-president said Modi talks about the Gujarat model where budget for education and health is Rs 8,000 crore but despite this, the facilities are very poor.

Training his guns on Modi, he said the BJP prime ministerial candidate talks about the entire country but in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena and BJP people assault those from Uttar Pradesh and force them to leave.

Gandhi said his party stands for politics of uniting people while "others create differences between Hindus and Muslims".

"We want a country where no one remains hungry, every person has a roof of his own. A place where free treatment facility is available and there is a smile on the face of a poor person. If the Congress comes to power, we will do all this," he said.

Talking about his emotional connect with Amethi, Gandhi said "I came here with my father Rajiv Gandhiji at the age of 12. At that time there were no roads, power, drinking water, industries and school. I have not come here with political intention, I have a homely relation. Our relationship is that of heart which opposition parties cannot digest."

"Rajivji framed farsighted development schemes as a result Amethi has changed today. Those, who are opposing me me, Soniaji and Priyankaji, are those who used to oppose Rajivji as well. Some people have come here with the intention to separate us," he said.

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7/D-91
May 05, 2014
03:57 PM

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Pramod, Tucson"

if only every Bharatiya had the Panchajanya in his hand on the day firangi left for his abode leaving the Indian National Congress behind as its caretaker, there would have been no Outlook, at least not in English language. Now that it is there, it is our duty to show it the path to righteousness. The firangi left, where do you expect these Indian looking monsters to go?

P. Paul, Kartarpur
6/D-73
May 05, 2014
12:54 PM

Rahul-woman-on-top-Gandhi, is just another foolish politician from the Congress parivar

Misogynist, Chennai
5/D-48
May 05, 2014
08:18 AM

Adithyan,assuming you are from TN,if at all one has to see devlopment and nurturing of constituency one must visit TN.

From what we hear,Amethi is in stone age for sure.No roads,No schools,No medical care and no drinking water.

My Question what has this joker been doing for last 10 years.

Can simply say Vishwas deserves a chance,5 months in Amethi,well aware off ground reality and a sharp mind.

Honestly why does no channel run a program on how TN netas nuture there pocket burroughs.They should be ashamed to be leaders.

harun, chennai
4/D-41
May 05, 2014
07:24 AM

In its coming,  whirlwind makes sudden appearance, causes extensive damage and destruction, cursed by the suffering of the affected. Its coming is never welcomed.  A pleasant cool wind, stays in the mind of people always welcomed. What is liked then?

adithyan, chennai
3/D-38
May 05, 2014
06:28 AM

'They intend to abolish legislations like food security and employment guarantee,"

How I wish that happens!!

Akash Verma, Chennai
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