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'Gujarat Model balloon' will also deflate, says Rahul Gandhi

Saturday, 29 March 2014 - 6:58pm IST | Agency: PTI
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today mounted a fierce attack on BJP, claiming it only believed in giving rights to Narendra Modi and not to the people of the country and the party's "Gujarat Model balloon" will also burst.

The BJP's campaign "balloon" will burst this time too in the same way it happened in 2004 and 2009, Gandhi said while addressing a rally here as party candidate Raj Babbar was standing behind him. The Congress vice president took a dig at the BJP and its prime ministerial candidate, saying the main opposition party believed in giving rights (adhikar) to just "one" person and not to all the people of the country.

Gandhi slammed the principle opposition party for "stalling" crucial legislations in Parliament and said his party is committed to the welfare of the people and will ensure right to health and shelter if voted to power at the Centre again. "We will give two more rights to you -- one is right to health... In Rajasthan and Maharashtra, we have started a new scheme in which free medicines are given. We have given it in these two Congress-ruled states. We will give it in the entire country. "The second right will be that of shelter. Indira Gandhi talked about roti (bread) kapra (clothes) and makan (shelter). We have given right to food, and clothes by providing employment and now we will give right to shelter," he said.

The Congress leader said that the 'India Shining' balloon created by BJP in 2004 has burst twice and this time too it will meet the same fate.

He said,"after the first balloon burst, just like films, in which if one is a success, there is a sequel to it, BJP thought of making India Shining 2 but the same fate was again met."

Giving the example of Hindi movie 'Dhoom', Gandhi said," Now they have come out with a new film - Gujarat Model. This is the third balloon and the elections are approaching. You (people) have the power... your fingers will press the button... and the balloon will burst again," he said.


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