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‘Next Cong-led govt of Dalits, tribals & poor’

india Updated: Apr 07, 2009 23:21 IST
Priya Ranjan Sahu

The next Congress-led UPA government at the Centre would be a government of Dalits, tribals, the poor and downtrodden, declared Rahul Gandhi, “because India’s real power lies with them”.

Addressing a rally at Rairakhol in Orissa’s Sambalpur district, the Congress MP claimed that the main difference between the UPA and other parties is that the former thinks about the poor and downtrodden while the latter think about the rich.

“We think all should move forward together. They think a few should move forward and the rest could lag behind.”

Taking a dig at the NDA, Rahul said it had made many lofty promises but never fulfilled them. But the UPA did not make any false promise to the people. “We had made only one promise — that our government will be for the aam aadmi and we will work for the upliftment of the poor, downtrodden, Dalits and tribals. And we have kept that promise.”

Rahul said the UPA had started the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in every state, district and village of the country and it had helped the poor immensely. “Now, wherever I go across India, people tell me that it was the best government programme for the poor," he said.