Attacking those who criticise and scoff at him for staying in Dalit homes, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday blamed the opposition for trying to divide India between the rich and the poor. Special: Assembly polls
"The opposition wants to have one India for the rich and another for the poor," he told an election rally here, about 175 km from Chandigarh, ahead of the October 13 Haryana assembly elections.
Gandhi said his party was committed to work for the betterment of every section of the society, particularly the poor and the downtrodden.
In his brief speech, he said the people had rejected the ideology of those who gave "India Shining" slogan.
"You rejected the NDA in 2004 when they gave India Shining slogan. India was shining only for a selected few in which the farmers, poor and the Dalits were not included. In 2009 again when they raked up issues like terrorism and Pakistan, again you sent them home (defeated the opposition)," he said.
Slamming those who scoff at him and criticise him for visiting Dalit households, having food there and even sleeping in their homes, the Nehru-Gandhi scion said "those who never visited Dalit homes, the homes of poor and rural people and farmers, only took the slogans from television".
"Our slogans don't come from TV. Our slogans come from villages, from the houses of poor living in slums," he said.