Rahul launches poll campaign in Guj, vows to defeat BJP
Launching his party's poll campaign in Gujarat, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday vowed to fight the state assembly elections "with full force" and defeat the BJP.
Addressing a huge rally in this tribal-dominated area of Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gandhi took a jibe at him over "Mann ki Baat" program and said the PM believed only in making people listen to him, instead of listening to the people.
"The Congress will fight this election with full force and defeat Narendra Modi and the BJP here," he said. The state assembly elections are due later this year.
"The Congress does not believe in just telling its own `Mann ki Baat,' as we believe in listening to the people. When our government is formed here, we will listen to the people first and then work accordingly," Gandhi said.
"I have selected a team of Congress leaders, led by Ashok Gehlot, and sent them here (to fight election). I want to promise you that if the Congress wins, our government will be of everyone, not of just one person. Instead of just telling our 'mann ki baat,' our government will try to understand your 'mann ki baat'," said Gandhi.
"The working style of our government will make you realise that it is the collective effort of all the people which can change Gujarat, not just one person," Gandhi said.
The Congress vice president also said that Modi was good at only coming up with new slogans like 'Make In India' and 'Shining India,' while the ground reality in Gujarat and elsewhere in the country has not changed under the BJP rule. He also alleged that the decision to demonetise high value currency notes was taken only to make people realise how powerful the prime minister was.
"The PM scrapped the currency notes just to make people realise how powerful he is. He wanted to convey that he has the power to make the entire country stand in queue. When people asked questions, he told them to just listen to his Mann ki Baat on 'Make in India,' 'Shining India' etc," he said.