A day after his impassioned speech about the BJP’s ‘politics of anger’, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday launched yet another scathing attack, this time on its “politics of capitalists” practised from the comfort of “air-conditioned” rooms, far removed from the concerns of the poor.
As if to make a point, he also visited a Dalit colony in Indore at the end of the day, after he had finished addressing two rallies in Madhya Pradesh.
Addressing his first rally of the day at Rahatgarh, about 45 km from Sagar district in Madhya Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region, Gandhi said, “The 2008 drought destroyed Bundelkhand. I came here, spent nights in villages here, was bitten by mosquitoes, drank village water, had an upset stomach… I liked it, because leaders should know the situation in villages.”
Invoking the BJP catchphrase from 2004, India Shining, referring to the economic optimism in India, he said, “Was anything shining in Bundelkhand? Did any youth get employment?...When a poor man asks for food, the BJP says where will the money come from.”
The Congress, however, Gandhi pointed out, spoke of development and also took care to empower people, through employment and measures such as food security. He said the BJP-led NDA regime boasted about the roads it had made, but the Congress had developed thrice as many in the last five years.
Asserting that the Congress was united for the November 25 elections, Gandhi said the party would form the government in MP.
“I have spoken to the leaders and they have promised they will fight as one, without any groupism. The government formed here will be of the people, not any leader or political party.”
In another rally in Indore, Gandhi spoke about empowering the youth and pointed to people in the audience who were in the last row and said that he wanted MLAs and MPs to come from that section. He also promised to bring back business projects moving out of MP if Congress came to power.