Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi addressed his first rally in the national capital for the assembly elections on Sunday focusing on issues of development and the question of changing the political discourse. He avoided any attack on the main opposition or reference to his controversial remarks on the Muzzafarnagar riots.
The rally was organised at Mangolpuri in north-west Delhi, an area dominated by low income group people.
Referring to the UPA’s flagship programmes Food Security Act, Right to Information (RTI) and the Right to Education (RTE), he said they have been launched to empower people. “Opposition (parties) asked us from where the money will come for food security. We say, it is the right of the poor. We will find money from anywhere. We passed the bill to empower you,” he said.
Reaching out to migrants, who constitute approximately a third of the population of Delhi, Rahul said the Congress government had been keenly hand-holding those who moved to the city from outside.
He further said that the Congress politics is “sabki ki politics” (politics for all) and politics for poor.
Seeking to define the ideal Congress worker, Rahul said that when he had asked his mother, party president Sonia Gandhi, she had replied that he or she was one who helped the poor and the underprivileged and fought for them with love and without anger.
Calling upon common people to join electoral politics, “I want people from the last row to join Parliament and the Assemblies... that the most backward have their voice in Parliament. I want the voice of the youth and women and the most backward to reach the state assemblies. But the opposition does not want that. They like to see that people are kept out of it and the system continues to be run by bureaucrats,” he said.
Lauding chief minister Sheila Dikshit for bringing about a turnaround in Delhi, he said that the Delhi Metro rail model was being adopted not only in different Indian states but also outside the country by Indonesia.