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Rahul Gandhi targets Modi over snoopgate scandal

PTI  New Delhi, April 06, 2014
First Published: 21:01 IST(6/4/2014) | Last Updated: 21:12 IST(6/4/2014)

Rahul Gandhi on Sunday targetted Narendra Modi over the "snoopgate" scandal in Gujarat and ridiculed him over his frequent remarks that he would work as "chowkidar" if BJP came to power at the Centre.

"I saw a BJP poster which said they wanted to empower women. There are talks of Gujarat model. People say there is a lot of progress in Gujarat. But in Gujarat, policemen are sent behind women, women's phones are tapped by policemen.

"UPA government does not do such work. We give empowerment to women," Gandhi said in his first rally in Delhi in run up to the Lok Sabha polls.

The barb of the Congress Vice President was directed at Modi, who was in the eye of storm over a scandal involving the surveillance of a woman in Gujarat.

A sting operation by Cobrapost had shown a recorded conversation of his close aide Amit Shah with senior police officers in which the direction for snooping of the woman was said to have come from one 'saheb', the nickname attributed to Modi.

Gandhi also took potshots at Modi over his "chowkidar" pitch.

"BJP says the country needs a chowkidar today. And that is why they have put up one chowkdiar. Make him Prime Minister and everything will become good in the country. We say India does not need one chowkidar. India needs 10-12 crore chowkidars."

"We want to make all of you chowkidars, we want to give rights to everybody. That is why we talk of RTI, Panchayati Raj, Lok Pal...we want more strength should be given to you," he said.

Gandhi also took dig at BJP for its inability to come up with a manifesto even as first phase of Lok Sabha polls is being held tomorrow and contrasted it with Congress manifesto.

"For six months we asked what you want. Whatever we put in our manifesto was what you told us. I held 30-40 meetings personally. I talkled to various sections...coolies, workers, industrialists...then we created our manifesto.

"Look at the other side. They did not even make a manifesto. Elections have come...there is no need to ask anybody...Everything is known to one person...This is the difference between them and us," he said.

Addressing the gathering at Dakshinpuri which has a sizeable population from eastern UP and Bihar, Rahul said people from these regions are beaten by radicals when they visit Maharashtra where BJP and Shiv Sena are in power.

"This country is not of one religion or caste. This is a country of all. In Delhi, we work with love. People come from outside. We welcome them. Go to Maharashtra. There is NDA alliance ..Shiv Sena's people are there.

"Ask people coming from UP and Bihar...when they go to Maharashtra what happens to them? NDA, BJP, Shiv Sena people beat these people and they have to run away," he said.

He said while in Bangalore, people from UP and Bihar are beaten up by radicals, in Gujarat, Sikhs are thrown away and told that they were outsiders.

"Go to Bangalore...they (people from northern regions) are beaten up radical people...Go to Gujarat...Sikhs are targeted there and driven away...they are told that they are outsiders and not an insider.

"For us, nobody is an outsider...everybody is an insider ...we do politics of love...we integrate everybody and move forward," Gandhi said.

He said the difference between BJP and Congress is that while the main opposition does politics of anger and division, Congress thinks everyone has power in the country.

"The difference is we do politics of love...they do politics of anger, division...the biggest difference is that they do politics of one person...they want the entire power of the country be given to one person..."     "They believe people do not know anything...only one person knows everything...And the day he becomes PM, everything will become alright. We think, in India you (people) have power...women, poor and youth have the power...we want to empower you...we want to run your government," Gandhi said.

He said Congress will not leave labourers, farmers or the poor and will stand by them irrespective of whether they win or not. "Congress is the party of the poor. We will fight for them and even die for them," he said.


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