Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Congress Senior leaders including AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh, Union Minister Kamalnath, Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and State Congress Chief Kantilal Bhuria during the election rally at Sagar, Madhya Pradesh on Thursday.
Placing the saffron party in the crosshairs, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today said BJP speaks of providing infrastructure but the Congress — while ensuring construction of airports, laying of roads and railway lines — would also give power to the poor in urban and rural areas.
“The process has already commenced through the Right to Information Act and the Land Acquisition Act. When computerisation was introduced, opponents said it will result in unemployment but on the contrary jobs were created,” he said while addressing the Congress’ Satta Parivartan (Change of Guard) Rally here.
Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune became commercial hubs as they were linked with the rest of the world, Mr Gandhi said while adding that the hands of these cities’ denizens were untied and supporting infrastructure provided.
“If historical Indore’s youths want employment then the Madhya Pradesh regime will have to hear their voice. The BJP does not have the capacity to convert Indore into a true commercial capital. The day the youths’ hands are untied, people around the world will say let us go to Indore. Take up a challenge that in ten years’ time Indore will rank among India’s top five cities. For achieving that women and youth should contribute,” he felt.
Dreams should be big as small dreams achieve nothing, the Gandhi scion felt while adding that after the Congress comes to power in Madhya Pradesh it would establish factories in the state.
Recalling a visit to Maharashtra some years back, Mr Gandhi said he asked a slum-dweller as to what her children would become when they grew up. She said that one son would enter the Indian Administrative Service and another would set up a business.
“When a person wishes to advance he or she is often stopped. My father also fought that battle. He was 40 when he became the Prime Minister and he was my hero. I used to see him everyday. The system (in Madhya Pradesh) is crushing your brothers and fathers,” he alleged.
Stressing on bringing more youths into the political system, Mr Gandhi expressed a desire to create legislators and parliamentarians out of slum-dwellers.