Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi launched his party’s campaign in eastern Uttar Pradesh, criticising the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for neglecting the common man when the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was in power at the Centre.
Gandhi also attacked the Bahujan Samaj Party but made no mention of the Samajwadi Party, which has not made any seat adjustments with the Congress in UP for the Lok Sabha elections.
Addressing rallies at Maharajganj and Kushinagar, Gandhi said, “Instead of talking of problems of the common man the BJP raises the issue of terrorism during elections.”
He said the BJP-led NDA government had failed to deliver several fronts during its stint in power. He said the BJP adopted the ‘India Shining” slogan in the last elections without realising that people in rural areas didn’t even understand its meaning. In contrast, the “Congress has involved the poor in the process of development,” he said.
Rahul lauded the five-year tenure of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying that he had been able to put pressure on Pakistan after the Mumbai attacks to bring the perpetrators to book.