Addressing a rally for the party at Sonale village in Bhiwandi taluka of the district organized by the Konkan region of the Congress, Mr Gandhi, without naming BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, came down heavily on the opposition parties.
He said the Congress is the only party which has got ideology, while the opposition has only one agenda of opposing Congress.
He said the opponents had earlier flayed Gandhi-Nehru-Patel and today are calling themselves as their followers.
He said, ‘BJP had opposed the introduction of computers by my dad Rajivji and Sam Pitroda. They said that it would render several lakhs jobless. And after ten- fifteen years they claim that they had brought in the computer revolution.’
Thus, they grab credit for all that is done by the Congress, he observed.
Recalling his grandmother Indira Gandhi, Mr Gandhi scion said that she always thought of eradicating poverty and today Congress has implemented several welfare schemes such as the MGNREGA, Food Security Act and RTI among others.
He noted that after ten to fifteen years, the BJP will claim that they had done it.
Ruing about lesser number of women at the meeting today, he talked about women reservation and noted that they are not given due importance and equal share in the various sections of society.
‘I will ensure that in Parliament and Assemblies there are 50 percent women and this will only empower the country,’ he said.
He even asked MPCC chief Manikrao Thackre to have a sizable number of women in the party.
He traced the history of the Congress and said that the BJP and RSS have no record of their achievements.
The Congress wants all sections including the poor, tribal, all faiths and classes of people and takes them with it, he said and pointed that the BJP did not not do it. ‘This is the main different between the Congress and the BJP,’ he observed.
The country has been progressing not on account of the Congress,but it is on account of the work done by the citizens of this country, he said.
In his speech, he made a special reference to Thane district and said that there were plans to make Bhiwandi a powerloom hub.
He said that he had already discussed the issue of Metro with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and the latter had assured him that he would look into it and initiate action.
He said the state government had several plans for the development of the district which will uplift the district.
Among those who spoke on the occasion were Mr Chavan, industries minister Narayan Rane and Mr Thakre.
The people had come down here from several parts of Thane, Raigad and Nashik districts.