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Lok Sabha elections a battle of thoughts: Rahul Gandhi

PTI   Tanda (HP), March 20, 2014
First Published: 16:26 IST(20/3/2014) | Last Updated: 16:26 IST(20/3/2014)

Terming the Lok sabha elections as a "battle of thoughts", Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that while the Congress stood for empowering the people, the opposition represented only the rich in the country.

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In a meeting with ex-servicemen, the Congress vice president said he would make whole-hearted attempts to fulfil the demands of the veterans including representation for the armed forces in the central pay commission.

"The election is a battle of thoughts in India. On one hand, there is Congress which feels that power should be in each and every hand and that is how the country can be powerful.

"On the other side, the opposition thinks that the country can be run by only powerful and rich and they have no place for the poor in their ideas," Gandhi said, without naming the BJP.

Addressing the veterans, he said he agreed with the view that there is a divide between the armed forces and the bureaucracy, saying, "I could feel this divide during the One Rank One Pension issue."

He stressed that at times he would be able to meet the demands of ex-servicemen, but sometimes he would not be able to do so.

"I cannot make big promises but my intentions are very clean. I promise you that whatever demands you have, I would always make a whole-hearted effort to meet your demands," Gandhi said.


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