Vote for a government that takes all with it: Rahul Gandhi

Warm welcome: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi at an election meeting at Nanjangud on Thursday.

Warm welcome: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi at an election meeting at Nanjangud on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Staff Correspondent

BJP Government in Karnataka accused of failing to fulfil promises

HUBLI: All India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday appealed to people to vote for a Government that took people of all communities and sections in the path of progress.

Addressing an election meting at Karnataka Gymkhana Ground here, Mr. Gandhi, who was two hours behind schedule, briefed the gathering about the achievements of the United Progressive Alliance Government and what the Bharatiya Janata Party Government failed to do, in a speech that lasted about 10 minutes.

Mr. Gandhi said: “The UPA Government has given only one assurance to the people during last elections that it will be a government of the poor and backward classes and the farmers and has proved it during its rule.”

He said the UPA Government had implemented NREGS to provide employment to the poor for 100 days in a year. “Our Government is serving food to 15 crore school-going children everyday and waived off farmers’ loans to the tune of Rs. 76,000 crores,” he said.

Referring to the BJP Government in the State, he said while the Union Government had released Rs. 1,000 crore to Karnataka under NREGS, the State had utilised only Rs. 100 crore. Under the loan waiver scheme Rs. 3,750 crore was released to the State, he said.

Mr Gandhi said the BJP Government in Karnataka had failed to fulfil its promises. “It had said it will give unemployment allowance of Rs.1,500 to youth, rice for Rs. 2 a kg and round-the-clock power supply. Now it is not able to provide power to at least two hours daily in most of the villages”, he said.

Listing out the failures of the BJP Government, KPCC president R.V. Deshpande said “BJP is a curse on the Sstate”.

Congress candidate for Dharwad parliamentary constituency Manjunath Kunnur said that the he believed the country was greater than the party and because of it chose to vote on behalf of the nuclear deal, violating the diktat of the party he belonged to earlier.

Congress candidate for Haveri Salim Ahmed appealed to the public to bless the youth. Quoting a “shairi” he narrated how strong was the youth force was, which had the strength to create history.

Track record

Addressing a large gathering at Nanjangud, near Mysore, Mr. Gandhi appealed to the people to re-elect the UPA on the basis of its five year track record which, he said, had resulted in positive growth whose benefits percolated to the poor, the low income group and the middle class. “The Congress has been able to achieve it because it believes all Indians are equal”, he added.

He said that the aim of the Congress was to put the country on the trajectory of growth and its five year performance was a testimony to its conviction of carrying all sections of people. He said Congress was committed to provide opportunities to the poor. He said the UPA Government recognised the tribulations of the poor, the Adivasis and the tribal people and had enacted law such as the Tribal Bill which recognised the rights of the tribal and the forest dwelling community.

He said the education to youth was important to the UPA Government and described creating new employment opportunities as well as providing education to youth as a priority area and sought support for Manmohan Singh and the Congress.

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