A day after the government deferred the vote on the anti-corruption legislation in the Rajya Sabha, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Friday vowed that his party will definitely bring a strong lokpal. “Ham mazboot Lokpal la kar hi rahenge (we will bring a strong Lokpal),” he said.
Gandhi once again held the BJP responsible for the collapse of the constitutional amendment bill in the Lok Sabha that would have given lokpal a constitutional status on the lines of the election commission.
“We wanted to bring a strong lokpal but they didn't want that. They said we defeated it because it was Rahul Gandhi's dream. Let me tell them it is the dream of every youth of the country," he said, adding the opposition had acted in a similar way when his father Rajiv Gandhi had initiated the panchayati raj bill
The public meeting in the district, which has about 40% Muslim population, turned out to be a show of strength by former SP leader Rashid Masood, who has joined the Congress.
The impressive gathering despite the timing of the meeting — billed as thanks giving rally for the government's decision to announce 4.5% quopta for backward Muslims from the 27% OBC reservation — coincided with Friday prayers and showed Masood's clout.
Addressing the gathering, Gandhi attacked SP chief Mulayam Singh for "embracing Kalyan Singh" and opposing the reservation for Muslims. He dared Yadav to promise 18% reservation for Muslims in his party manifesto for coming polls.
Gandhi continued his diatribe against UP chief minister and BSP chief minister Mayawati. "The elephant in Lucknow is eating all the money that is coming from Delhi."
In his 35-minute speech, Gandhi also hit out at the BJP for the India Shining campaign and for playing politics of religion.