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Poverty is main issue in country: Rahul

india Updated: Apr 08, 2009 22:43 IST

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Harping on about the plight of the poor, AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said there was no other important issue in the country than poverty and asserted his party was going to fight it out.

“The poor people’s spirit is the real strength of the country and our effort is to do everything in our power to give them the required opportunities to grow big,” Rahul said, addressing an election rally at Anakapalli on Wednesday.

“My politics is very simple. As long as there is a poor person in India, I am standing on his side irrespective of his caste, creed and community. There is no difference between the rich and the poor in the country, except opportunity. I will strive to give that opportunity to the poor so that he no longer remains poor,” Rahul vowed.

Recalling the occasion when he took a visiting minister from Britain to a village in his Amethi constituency, Rahul said he was criticised by the opposition for taking him to an impoverished village.

“I took the British minister to the village because I am proud of every single individual in the village. I don’t believe in hiding things,” he pointed out.

The Gandhi scion also made a point about the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme and the loan waiver that have empowered the poor people in the villages.

He appealed to the people to vote the Congress to power both in the state and at the Centre so that the benefits of development could reach everyone.