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Congress is a people-oriented party: Rahul

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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday that the Congress was a people-oriented party, unlike the BJP which was about one individual. File photo: S. Subramanium
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday that the Congress was a people-oriented party, unlike the BJP which was about one individual. File photo: S. Subramanium

"Why should there be one ‘chowkidar’ like they (BJP) want. We want to make you (the people) the ‘chowkidar’ of the country, he said at an election rally here.

Taking a swipe at the BJP, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday that the Congress was a people-oriented party, unlike the BJP which was about one individual.

“We, unlike BJP, have never said make somebody Prime Minister who can solve all yours problems. For us, politics is all about people and they should have power in their hands,” Mr. Gandhi said at an election rally here.

“Why should there be one ‘chowkidar’ like they (BJP) want. We want to make you (the people) the ‘chowkidar’ of the country. Hindustan ki chaabhi kisi ek haath me nahi par sabke haath me hona chahiye (The keys of the nation should not be with one person, but in the hands of all Indians),” he said.

The Congress leader, on his third visit to Assam for campaigning, attacked the BJP for trying to impose the ‘Gujarat model’ across the country.

“Assam does not need a Gujarat model. We have an Assam model here and each State must have their own model,” he said.

“In Gujarat, the poor cannot dream. It is only the rich who can dream but for the Congress, every individual has the right to dream. The poor, labourers, farmers have the right to dream of their children getting better education and employment opportunities,” he said.

He said the Opposition talked about providing security and empowerment to women, but who had stopped them from doing so.

“It is the Opposition which stalled the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in Parliament guaranteeing 33 per cent reservations to them,” Mr. Gandhi said.

Congress has only been a party headed by a family whose members automatically assume leadership of the party, paying only lip service to inner party democracy. Yes, all the people in the country are reduced to chowkidars (doorkeepers) due to poor governance, corruption and run-away inflation during their rule.

from:  M. Varadarajan
Posted on: Apr 10, 2014 at 09:19 IST

Congress is a people oriented party.

Why price of food items and essential commodities went up during congress rule? Does congress think food is not required? Why did inflation go up during congress rule?

from:  Nagesh
Posted on: Apr 10, 2014 at 06:41 IST

I would rather say congress is corruption oriented party as all top leaders are blindly involved in corruption and Gandhi is just silent over them.

from:  Narendra
Posted on: Apr 9, 2014 at 22:51 IST

No one can snatch the right of the poor, labourers, farmers as they have
the right to dream of having their children getting better education and
employment opportunities. Not even Modi can stop people from dreaming.
Poor people of Gujarat were not given rights by Modi .

from:  Neeraj Patel
Posted on: Apr 9, 2014 at 18:10 IST

This is very clear that congress has always been people-oriented party,
but BJP just gives too much importance to Modi, is BJP about one
individual ? Rahul believes in giving power to the people, he wants to
see people grow.

from:  Deepak Mishra
Posted on: Apr 9, 2014 at 18:04 IST

It is indeed sad that the poor of Gujarat cannot dream. According to
Modi, it is only the rich who can dream. Good thing is that congress has
given every individual the right to dream. I agree with Rahul that each
state must have their own model. Rahul can unite people and bring
changes.

from:  Deepak Mishra
Posted on: Apr 9, 2014 at 18:04 IST

Why has BJP not provided security to women and empowered them? I don't
think anyone has stopped them from doing so ! Only congress has taken
initiative for the women. BJP has not learnt from its past mistakes.

from:  Neeraj Patel
Posted on: Apr 9, 2014 at 18:03 IST

In my view Congress has never been a people oriented party. Rather it has promoted one particular family since 60 years, and still doing the same. In essence, what Rahul baba means is just the opposite.

from:  Shekhar
Posted on: Apr 9, 2014 at 16:46 IST

Haha ... this man is never short on PJs. Even the most undereducated and ignorant man knows ... it is a quota centric party, it is a family centric party, it is a power centric party, it is a corruption centric party.

But it is yet a long distance away from being what the "shehzada" claims.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Apr 9, 2014 at 15:50 IST
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