Launching a scathing attack on 'India shining' slogan of the previous BJP-led NDA government, AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi non Friday said the country had progressed under UPA as it had refused to let the poor down.
Addressing public meetings at Gulbarga and Devanahalli near Bangalore, Gandhi said, "..For opposition, India can shine if few houses shine and few big politicians shine."
"But for Congress even if there is a single poor person in India, regardless of caste, religion and where he comes from, we are going to stand by his side," the Congress leader said.
He said "until there is a single person who is poor, until there is a single person who sleeps on the streets and until there is a single person in India who cannot read, India is not shining for us".
Gandhi said the fundamental difference between Congress and BJP was how they looked at India.
He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would take the country forward and deliver even more than he did in the last five years.
Gandhi also flayed the BJP Government in Karnataka for its 'failure' to utilise central grants for the state's development.
In a bid to woo voters of North-Karnataka, the Gandhi scion promised that the UPA government would fulfil their long-pending demand for amending Article 371 of the Constitution to grant special status to the region for its all round development.