Firing a fresh salvo at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Sunday that the Lok Sabha elections were a contest between “two lines of thoughts of development”.
“The India Shining campaign of the BJP failed in the 2004 elections and people rejected it again in 2009. The Congress stands for the poor, farmers and downtrodden whereas the BJP talks of the betterment of the affluent class only,” said Rahul while addressing an election rally in support of the party candidate from Karnal constituency Arvind Sharma on Sunday.
It was Rahul Gandhi’s maiden election rally in Haryana that goes to polls on April 10.
Gandhi said the Congress had a culture to approach the downtrodden and frame legislations for their uplift. “Woes of the farming class at Bhatta Parsaul (Uttar Pradesh) prompted us to form the Land Acquisition Act. Similarly, the party gave Right to Food, Lokpal, MNREGS, Right to Information and several other path-breaking laws only on the basis of suggestions gathered from people,” he said.
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Hitting out at the BJP, he said the opposition parties maintain double standards on the issue of corruption. Gandhi alleged the BJP leaders were comfortable with corrupt colleagues and rampant corruption prevalent in states like Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
“In Gujarat, three BJP ministers were in jail but these leaders have no reservation sitting with the individuals with shady past,” he said.
Gandhi said the opposition party created hurdles in the Land Acquisition Act formulation and kept it pending in Parliament for two years. He said the BJP was among the major hurdles in passing legislation on 33% reservation for women in the state assemblies and Parliament.
“Our party is concerned with the inclusive development and we aim to bring 70 lakh above poverty line (APL) families of truck drivers, security guards, etc., into the middle class,” he said. Gandhi also laid emphasis on gearing up for competition with China in the manufacturing sector.
“We have a plan to establish an industrial manufacturing corridor providing employment opportunities to the youth. The Congress has a vision to ensure ample education opportunities to the APL families,” he said.
The Congress leader lauded the role of the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government for the overall development in Haryana with special focus on the farming community.