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Rahul takes dig at Swachh India, says slogan alone won’t work

Taking potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the ‘Swachh India’ drive, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said mere slogans devoid of clear strategy and action plan would not make any difference and keep the country clean.

Gandhi, along with the other senior Congress leaders, was speaking after visiting the Deonar garbage dumping ground in Mumbai, where recent fires have caused serious health and environmental concern in many parts of the city.

“I met few people of Chembur here. One person was weeping. People are getting affected by TB. Even one child has died due to this. This ground has emitted pollution which is causing problems to them,” Rahul told mediapersons at the sprawling dumping ground.

A string of fires at Deonar recently had raised health concerns after smog and toxic gases spread around the area.

A six-month old boy had died in a locality near the dumping ground with the parents saying their child died of suffocation due to toxic gases emitted from the blaze.

However, the civic officials had refuted the charge.

“Merely slogans of Swachh India won’t make any difference. You need to have an action plan for it. You ought to come out with some strategy,” Gandhi said. 
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