Just as the Modi government held the mega event to celebrate its second anniversary, Rahul Gandhi launched a stinging attack on the NDA government. Rahul attacked the government by saying, farmers are committing suicide for want of water in Maharashtra, but the Modi dispensation is busy celebrating “with songs and dance with Bollywood stars”.
Addressing party workers during Congress’s ‘mashal julus’ (torch rally) to protest the alleged power and water shortage in Delhi, Gandhi also targeted Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Rahul said Kejriwal speaks only on issues like odd-even and pollution, “but doesn’t work”. He also suggested that the AAP leader was insensitive to the “pain of poor”.
“Two years have passed… there is drought across the country. In Vidarbha and Marathwada in Maharashtra, farmers are committing suicide, killing themselves….And here, at India Gate, two years are being celebrated, function has been organised, people from Bollywood have come, songs and dance have been arranged for,” Gandhi told the gathering amid sloganeering against both Modi and Kejriwal.
Seeking to differentiate himself from Modi and Kejriwal, Gandhi said he believes in “politics of truth” in line with Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology and not in “making false promises”.
“… Even if people of India tell me speak lies in politics, I can’t do it. It’s not in me. I may have suffered for speaking what I feel, I don’t make false promises. But I can see, slowly, people of India and Delhi are realising that this country cannot move forward on false promises, not by hollowness, but blood and sweat,” he said.
He also exuded confidence that the Congress party, which he described as an organisation of “blood and sweat and not public relations”, will return to power in forthcoming local body polls and also during next assembly elections.
People including farmers, labourers and sanitation workers in the national capital and also in rest of India are now being exposed to truth, Gandhi said as he picked up holes in performances of governments led by the two leaders.
Slamming Kejriwal over the protest launched by sanitation workers over delay in payment of their salaries some months ago, Gandhi accused him of being “insensitive” to their pain.
“… when they (sanitation workers) approached the Chief Minister and kept their demands before him, he told them that he will give one month’s salary, but nothing after that. The person who can talk like this, he cannot understand problems of sanitation workers, he cannot understand their pain,” he said.
Accusing the BJP and AAP of engaging in “politics of television and selfie”, the Congress leader said it is the poor people who suffer due to the same.
“I say this everyday, if this country has to move forward, the poor has to be empowered, they must be heard and false promises are not to be made and have to work with truth,” he added.
Lauding Congress and its workers, Gandhi said the organisation and its members are not a “big budget publicity party, but one nurtured by blood and sweat” as he took a dig at BJP and AAP over their alleged “huge budget” public relation activities.
“It’s not a big budget publicity party (Congress). Rs 526 crore publicity budget here (of AAP Government) and perhaps thousands of crore rupee budget in Modiji’s hands, ours is not a PR agency party, but that of blood and sweat,” he said.
Apparently referring to Congress’ impressive performance during recently held MCD by-polls, Gandhi exuded confidence the success will be repeated during upcoming local body elections and also when the next assembly polls will be held as “his party knows how to work for people”.