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Congress wants to give power to people: Rahul

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 24, 2014
First Published: 16:50 IST(24/2/2014) | Last Updated: 16:54 IST(24/2/2014)

The Congress' idea is to give power in the hands of people, but the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is focused on centralisation of power as it thinks one man can run the country, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Monday. 
 
"They (the BJP) think one man can solve every problem... one man knows everything — from making planes to women's empowerment," Gandhi said, taking an apparent dig at BJP's PM face Narendra Modi while addressing a public meeting in Sonepat, Haryana.

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A day after Arvind Kejriwal launched the Aam Aadmi Party's Lok Sabha campaign from the state and slammed chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for "gifting away land to Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra", Gandhi reached out to farmers and stressed the need for upholding their rights.

In the run-up to the crucial 2014 general elections, Gandhi had on February 11 held a similar meeting at New Delhi railway station to take stock of the problems faced by porters.

In Haryana, the Congress vice-president reiterated his idea of decentralisation of power, and women's empowerment and their inclusion in decision-making roles.

He highlighted central schemes such as the rural job programme the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government had introduced for the welfare of the poor.

"People have information. But the system does not ask them to present their views. We need to change the system," Gandhi said.

Continuing with his offensive on the BJP and its PM face, he asserted the Congress and the saffron party had different ideologies.

"The Congress wants to give you more power. That is our idea. But the BJP puts emphasis on one man who knows everything."  

He also raked up the Niyamgiri controversy, saying the rights of the backward sections must be protected.

At a rally in Odisha earlier this month, Gandhi had said the Congress had fought for the tribals who opposed a proposed alumina refinery factory in the Niyamgiri hills of the state.


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