Asked Natarajan to protect poor, adivasis: Rahul

SansadTV Bureau

RahulpoorBreaking his silence over Jayanthi Natarajan’s allegations against him over green clearances, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that his communication with her was driven by his interest for the welfare of the poor and the adivasis.

“I want to tell you that I have fought for the poor and the adivasis and I had told Jayanthi Natarajan that we should look into the welfare of the environment, poor and the adivasis. I will continue to fight for the poor, the hutsmen and the weaker sections,” the Congress vice-president said at a rally.

He alleged that Natrajan, who quit the Congress recently, has been put up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government to target the Congress party.

Rahul said that he joined politics to ensure welfare for the poor and the weaker sections of the society and not to benefit some businessmen.

Modi’s Rs 10 lakh suit was made in UK

Taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his ‘Make in India’ campaign, Rahul Gandhi said the Rs.10 lakh suit he wore during US President Barack Obama’s visit was “Make in UK”.

Gandhi also accused Modi of working for only four-five industrialists.

“Modiji said he will give you employment. He talked of Make in India. Crores of rupees were spent in marketing this Make in India. You tell me whether something came out of it.”

“He wears Rs 10 lakh suit. Newspapers report that this is not Make in India. That too is Make in UK. And then he tells you about Make in India and employment. Did any youth get employment? No. He told you that Delhi is dirty and clean it. He did not give you job, did not lessen your suffering but put a broom in your hand,” Gandhi said at a rally.

As the election campaign for Delhi reached a crescendo, the Congress Vice President targeted both the Prime Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, accusing them of “selling big dreams” and not fulfilling promises.

He also rained promises like right to roof for every Delhite, ending contract labour within a week and making electricity cheap.

Gandhi, whose party has been accusing Modi of centralising all powers, said that the entire country is being run through the PMO and he (Modi) thinks that he alone can change India.

Mentioning the work done by Congress governments at the Centre and in Delhi, Rahul Gandhi referred to measures like RTI to fight corruption and UPA’s flagship rural job scheme MNREGA. He also claimed that Congress government had changed the face of Delhi.

The Congress Vice President, however, acknowledged that there were shortcomings that the party should rectify.

He said that if Congress had its Chief Minister, it will put an end to contract labour within a week and make it permanent within six months.

“Electricity tariff will be Rs 1.5 rupee per unit and we will make water cheaper. We can do it. We have passed land bill, RTI, Food Security. We have done it. We can do it,” he said.