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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014

Rahul Gandhi takes on Modi and Opposition; says 'people come and make tall claims'

HT Correspondent and Agencies  Baran (Rajasthan), September 17, 2013
First Published: 19:28 IST(17/9/2013) | Last Updated: 11:19 IST(18/9/2013)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a veiled dig at Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and the Opposition, saying they were only helping the rich and not letting the poor dream big.

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"When it comes to schemes for the poor, they ask where the money will come from. But, when mines are to be allotted and land is acquired then nobody raises questions," Gandhi told a gathering in Baran town of poll-bound Rajasthan.

Apparently referring to Modi's rally in the state on September 10, Gandhi said, "People come and make tall claims. Our politics is the politics of your dreams."

"They want only 500-odd people should dream, travel in airplanes, move in cars. This is their thought. This is not our politics."

He said the 21st century for the Congress meant that the dreams of the poorest of people in the country must come true.

The Congress vice-president said by implementing Food Security Bill (FSB), Land Acquisition Bill and MNREGA and other such schemes for the economically weaker sections, the UPA government has proved it did not "believe in making tall claims, but delivery".

"We want your children should see big dreams. If we do not allow you to dream, then this nation cannot move forward," he said.

After the passage of the FSB, he said, the old Congress slogan "will eat half chappati but ensure victory for Congress" has now become "we will have a full meal and make Congress victorious".

He said that like Rajasthan, free medicines will be provided at all government health institutions across India to alleviate poverty, as one of the biggest causes of poverty was the poor spending a sizable part of their incomes paying for medicines and treatment.

Free medicine scheme was first implemented in the desert state, where the election is being seen as a litmus test for both Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.


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