Agencies, Deoli, Rajasthan
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today wooed youths and lower middle class stratum for the Lok Sabha elections and warned BJP against corruption and pro-rich political approach. Addressing an election rally in Tonk district — the first in the poll campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections — Mr Gandhi briefed about the party’s objective to the ranks and files and warned the opposition.
Underlining his action plan and achievements, Mr Gandhi said during the UPA regime at the Centre, Congress has done a lot for the poor, elevated around 15 crores of people who earlier were living below the poverty line(BPL). ‘’Now we want to work hard for elevating life of around 70 crore lower middle class people, who of course are above the poverty line (APL) but below the middle class line,’’ the Nehru-Gandhi scion said.
Mr Gandhi said: ‘’We would work to bring them in the middle class level,’’ he assured, adding the pro poor agenda being pursued by the Congress led government would go on. ‘’We would never forget poor, needy people.’’
Attacking hard at the saffron rivals, Mr Gandhi said, ‘’They do talk much of corruption, but they do not see corruption committed by their own formations in Karanataka, Gujarat and even Rajasthan.
‘’The previous BJP government (read 2003-2008 regime) was number one in the country on the count of corruption, They now have returned to power here and they would try their best to indulge in corruption in all possible ways’’, he said.
‘’But, they can not do that this time as the Congress and its cadres will stop them from doing corruption, misdeeds and wrong action.’’
The Congress vice-president said, ‘’After Assembly polls debacle, we gave the party a young state president and have asked his team to be active against any misdeed, wrongful action and/or corruption of the BJP Government.’’
In a message to the party old guards, Mr Gandhi held that the party would prefer to field new, young faces in the election as well as in the organisational positions.
Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot, Union Minister and local MP Namo Narain Meena and party state president Sachin Pilot also spoke on the occasion. AICC general secretaries Gurdas Kamat and CP Joshi, Secretary Mirza Irshad Beg and several other leaders were present.