Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for being anti-poor and an elitist political party on Tuesday. Gandhi was in Baran to rally before the upcoming state assembly elections in Rajasthan.
"We say India has to move forward, need infrastructure development, opposition agrees. But they want only the rich to use it. We say even the poor should dream of flying an aircraft. But the opposition don't want the poor to have such dreams," Rahul took a jibe at the Opposition for delaying the Food Security Bill in the Parliament during the Monsoon session.
Gandhi spoke for the first time since Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was announced as the BJP's PM candidate.
Gandhi also blamed the Opposition for stalling the Central government to function properly since 2009.
"When they (Opposition) lost the elections (in 2009) they resorted to stalling the sessions in the Parliament, but they were not successful," said Rahul.
Rahul also spoke on the issue of unemployment. "Our dream is to give employment to the people. When we talk about giving employment to the people, the Opposition asks where will the money come from? But when it comes to giving land to rich, they (Opposition) never ask where will money come from, they just hand over the land," he said.
Gandhi flaunted the Congress victory in getting the Land Acquisition Bill passed, which will help farmers get compensation or rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R) packages for their land which was acquired for developmental projects, during the monsoon session last month.
"The major reason for poverty is illness, a labourer falls sick; he can't earn his wage for the day. We respect your blood and tears, that is why we have brought the Land Acquisition Bill," said Rahul, who is being projected as the Congress' PM candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Gandhi reiterated the Congress slogan 'Poori roti khayenge,Congress party ko layenge' for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections next year.
"Rahul's statement proves that people of India still don't get to eat a full chapatti in a meal," BJP Spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi told ANI.
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