'BJP Favours Interests of Industrialists Over Common Man'

'BJP Favours Interests of Industrialists Over Common Man'

Rahul Gandhi today accused BJP of favouring the interests of businessmen and industrialists over those of the common man, saying the opposition believed in running the government for a select few.

"There is a fundamental difference between us (Congress and BJP). We say this country belongs to everybody; the poor, rich, businessmen, industrialists, workers... Their focus is on some select few. They will run government for some big people, industrialists," he said at a rally.

If you hear what BJP leaders say, you would hear them talk about airports, infrastructure, roads but not people not the poor, the Congress leader said.

"We say we must build roads, airports, rail lines... But we must help our poor people also so that they could too travel in airplane one day... That's why we have empowered you, given you rights," the Congress Vice-President said.

Anybody irrespective of how weak he is, has a stake in the country and Congress believes in taking him along while developing it, he said.

Rahul presented his party as the only formation which was sincere about the lot of the poor and said it has given people the RTI Act so that they could ask the government any question.

Keeping up his attack on main opposition BJP, Rahul invoked the "strength of the poor" against the rival party's alleged tactic of trying to win the elections by dividing the people.

He told the gathering that the opposition wanted to capture power not through democratic means but by driving a wedge between people.

"They (BJP) do not know the strength of the poor," Rahul told the crowd of around 20,000 people at Indira Gandhi Stadium here as he appealed to them to vote for Congress when Rajasthan goes to polls on December 1.

The opposition party "does not think of the bright future of the nation but of present self gains and believes in capturing power by means of violence", Rahul said.

"(But) Congress builds the infrastructure as well as the lives of the common man," he claimed, and assured that, "if Congress wins, you will see the common man in power".

He praised the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan for focusing on development and improving lives through various welfare schemes.

And, lashing out at BJP for allegedly casting aspersions on one of the state government's flagship schemes to distribute free medicine, Rahul said "it is the poor mentality of the party in opposition to label generic medicines as poison".

Rahul, meanwhile, presented a vision of industrial development for Rajasthan and referred to the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project which he said would bring about unprecedented growth in Chittorgarh and surrounding areas.

He also claimed that the present UPA government at the Centre had built more roads during its tenure than had the NDA coalition when it had been in power.

Earlier, Rahul reached here on a helicopter at around 1.25 P.M. He stayed at the rally for about an hour before leaving for Bikaner at 2.35 P.M.

Congress National Secretary Dr CP Joshi, Chief Minister Gehlot and Union Minister and local MP Girija Vyas, too, attended the public meeting.

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