Ramnathapuram, Tamil Nadu
April 21, 2014
- Our fight is to form a Congress government at the centre as well as in the state, says Mr.
- Ensure that a pro-poor and secular government is formed in the centre
- BJP leaders only make tall claims, fail to offer a roadmap on how they plan to achieve them
- BJP stopped passage of anti-corruption bills and the women reservation bill.
Addressing a massive rally in Tamil Nadu today, Congress Vice President Mr. Rahul Gandhi said that the fight of the Congress Party in the state is not just limited to the Lok Sabha elections, but is
geared towards achieving the larger objective of forming a Congress government in the state.
“After a very long time, we are fighting on our own in the state. I am proud to see our workers all charged up and ready to fight the elections under the banner of the Congress Party. Now we don’t have to compromise. And we will fight to not only win these elections, but form a Congress government in the state in the times to come,” he said.
Mr. Gandhi said that the Congress Party drew inspiration from the great Tamil leader, K Kamraj, for many of its programmes and that the people of the state should vote for a party that believes in uniting India and working for the poor.
“This is a Lok Sabha election and the regional parties from Tamil Nadu are not going to be in a position to form the government in Delhi. You must ensure that a pro-poor and secular government is formed. We don’t need a government that promotes hatred and anger. We don’t need a government that makes Hindus fight Muslims. We don’t need a government that imposes ideas from one state on to another,” he said.
Mr. Gandhi accused the BJP of misleading the people of the country and failing to offer any roadmap to achieve what they are promising.
“BJP leaders make big speeches and tall claims, but they do not offer any roadmap on how they plan to do it. They go everywhere and talk about corruption. But look at their manifesto. It only says that they will tackle it, they haven’t written anything on how they will do it. We passed RTI and Lok Pal, despite their opposition. We wanted to pass five more anti-graft legislations but they did not let the parliament function. If the BJP or its leaders were really serious about tackling corruption, why didn’t they support these bills? The women reservation bill faced the same opposition,” he said.
Building on the rights-based paradigm that the Congress Party has been working on for the last decade, Mr. Gandhi told the people that they will now be given the right to shelter, health and free medicine and pension. He also assured them that the Congress Party will push 70 crore people into the middle class in the next five years. He also told those gathered that the Congress Party will create a separate ministry for fishing, as promised in the manifesto and is also committed towards resolving the issues fishermen have with Sri Lankan navy.