In the last leg of his campaign in the poll-bound Uttarakhand, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) why it did not see corruption in BJP-ruled states. He cited several instances to stress that the BJP government in Uttarakhand had siphoned off funds and was involved in scams.
"The BJP government in Uttarakhand had siphoned off funds meant for the Kumbh mela. The state government was also involved in a land scam,” said Rahul while addressing a poll rally on the outskirts of the state capital on Monday. Taking a dig at the BJP's take on corruption issue, the Congress general secretary asked, "Why does the BJP overlook corruption in states ruled by it , like Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh?
He also lashed out at the saffron party on the Babu Lal Kushwaha fiasco. "Corrupt ministers chucked by Mayawati in UP are finding place in the BJP and Kushwaha is one of them," he underlined, adding , "We (Congress) are committed to fighting corruption. The UPA government has introduced the Lokpal Bill in parliament".
Focusing on young voters, Rahul said that he wanted youngsters to join politics. He stressed that youngsters were not happy with the present political system and therefore they must join the mainstream.
"I am not in politics for 2-3 days or six months, I am in politics for another 15-20 years," said the Congress leader, adding that he was instrumental in infusing young blood in the frontal organizations - Youth Congress and NSUI. He dared the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other opposition parties to follow the same model. "We had initiated election procedure in NSUI and Youth Congress. What did BJP and opposition do?" he asked.
"We do politics after mingling with the common man while the BJP's style is different, they believe in holding press conferences," said the Congress leader. Rahul further underlined that opposition always made a fuss whenever he gots in touch with the common man.
"I am tagged as mad whenever I stay the night in some village".