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BJP's 'one man, one model' won't work: Rahul

PTI  Thiruvananthapuram, April 05, 2014
First Published: 21:59 IST(5/4/2014) | Last Updated: 01:56 IST(6/4/2014)

Firing a fresh salvo at Narendra Modi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said his "one man, one model" approach, trying to make people believe that he has answers to all their problems, will not cut ice as the voters have become more knowledgeable.
Delay in announcement of the BJP manifesto also showed that it bothered little about the people, Gandhi said. BJP is slated to announce its manifesto for Lok Sabha polls on Monday.
"The BJP has not even produced a manifesto. They really don't care what you think. They do not respect you. They believe that one man has all the answers and he does not listen to anybody and he believes he knows everything", Gandhi, on a whirlwind campaign tour across Kerala, said at a rally at Chengannur in Mavelikkara constituency.
 "While they follow one man one model", the Congress took the entire people into confidence as it believed that "people have the knowledge and they know what they want", he added.    
"They (the BJP) believe this one man knows everything in the universe. And also, this one man has the answer to every problem... everything, all the powers belong to one man."   
 Attacking BJP's economic and social policies, he said, "Its idea of India shining is to empower five to six businesses and give all your resources to them. It is the idea of taking from the poor and giving it to the rich."    
Emphasising that the Congress was committed to empowering all sections, he said this was reflected well in its manifesto which was prepared after eliciting the views of the people from all over the country.
"The Congress took six months to prepare its manifesto after interacting with all sections — youth, dalits, women...I myself attended 30 of such conversations and asked them what they would like to have in the manifesto and we produced a manifesto of the people of the country."   

Ticking off the Left, Gandhi said, "They follow a policy of distributing poverty and is against industrialisation and development."
"They want fairness and equity. But they sacrifice growth and want to keep everybody poor." 

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