Clean India campaign is a marketing gimmick: Rahul Gandhi

  • Vishal Sharma, Hindustan Times, Manika/ Panki
  • Updated: Nov 25, 2014 13:44 IST

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi addressing two rallies in Jharkhand’s Manika and Panki districts on Saturday alleged that power has been concentrated in the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a few bureaucrats.

Gandhi, while addressing the masses at Manika, first said that the Prime Minister during the parliamentary elections sought the people’s mandate saying “achchhe din ayenge” promising development, but had deprived the people.

Calling MP Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan a marketing gimmick, Gandhi said, “They had promised development, but it has given the broom in the hands of the poor.”

“We are not against this drive but the manner in which it is being marketed… seems to be a photo-opportunity of the present government. The PM has more serious work to do,” said the Gandhi scion.

“Modi claimed that the poor will be credited Rs 5,000 instantly after they opened an account with banks but…the rich people are credited thousands of crores within minutes in this regime,” he said.

He further went on to say that while the UPA government worked for the underprivileged section of the society, PM Modi on the other hand is hobnobbing with industrialists and reaping the benefits of abundant resource of Jharkhand.

Without naming the BJP, Gandhi while addressing the rally at Panki said some parties indulge in divisive politics and think that such kind of politics will benefit it.

“Whenever there is an election, communal tension between Hindus and Muslims is created to reap election benefits but ultimately this is detrimental to the country. We the Congress party unite the people.”

The Congress vice-president said that despite being rich in natural resources, Jharkhand is still not developed.

“There is no shortage in this state. There is water, forests, natural resources, but still this state is lagging behind. We guaranteed food for everyone with food security bill and have given you power with right to information,” said Gandhi.

He said that while the Congress wants the people of Jharkhand to benefit from the natural resources of the state but the opposition wants only the industrialists to benefit.

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