On surprise visit to railway station, Rahul promises to fight for porters

THE Porters demanded an increase in rates for carrying luggage, medical facilities similar to railway employees and passes for family,

New Delhi | Published:February 12, 2014 1:09 am
Rahul Gandhi talks to porters at the New Delhi railway station on Tuesday. (Tashi Tobgyal) Rahul Gandhi talks to porters at the New Delhi railway station on Tuesday. (Tashi Tobgyal)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, accompanied by Delhi MP Ajay Maken, on Tuesday met porters at the New Delhi railway station and promised to fight for their problems. “I want to listen to and understand your problems so that we can work with you,” he told a group of porters at the station.

He spent an hour interacting with the porters at platform number one, promising “from his heart” to work with them. “I am not a magician, but I will stand with you and fight for your problems,” Rahul told them.

Rahul’s visit to the railway station was unplanned. He reportedly decided to drop in at the last minute after members of the Uttari Railway Mazdoor Union (URMU) met him in the morning at his residence.

“We told him about our problems and difficulties. He then proposed to meet the porters at the station itself,” URMU general secretary B C Sharma said.

Railway police officers, too, were taken by surprise. “This was a last-minute visit. We had no prior information,” an officer said.

At the station, he reminded his audience that the Congress government had given the country the Right to Information, rights to food and employment in the last 10 years. He even asked them what rights they wanted. “I want minimum rights for everyone, that is my aim,” he said.

Meanwhile, the porters expressed their solidarity with the youth leader. “I have been working here as a porter for 25 years. Never before has anyone cared to come and speak to us,” Ismail said.

Another porter, Kalu Ram Meena, said while he knew that Rahul had visited them to woo them for their votes, he was “happy that at least someone decided to come and listen to us”.

During the interaction, Rahul  also spoke of the need to strengthen the ground for the 70-crore Indians who do odd jobs in the country. “I want to strengthen the ground for these workers so that they can break the ‘ceiling’ that stops them from growing. They want to grow and they need some help,” he said.

The porters demanded an increase in rates for carrying luggage, medical facilities similar to railway employees and railway passes for the family, among others. Rahul assured them that he would take up their problems with the railway minister.

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    Anil
    Feb 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm
    Been doing it for the last 10 years. Wish he would take his circus someplace else. The more he appears in public, the more votes will the Congress lose.
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      Anil
      Feb 12, 2014 at 12:55 pm
      Pick your bill and Rahul will have it ped in parliament (though it's doubtful since this session nearly over and the UPA2's being voted out soon after). As far as implementation on the ground is concerned, that's your problem. And the problem with Rahul is that for the last 10 years he has specialized in this kind of gimmickry and that's where it all ends; that's why few take him seriously. It's the porters' turn this time. We need a leader who will do things, not p meaningless bills which mean nothing on the ground.
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        Anil
        Feb 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm
        Yeah, he'll interview them and then disappear forever. Don't expect any solutions or action from this man. We've seen this drill for the last 10 years. BTW, he's taken a sudden fancy to legislating, what's up?
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          EB
          Feb 11, 2014 at 9:21 pm
          Whom, Rahul is planning to fool around....
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            Shyam Bansal
            Feb 12, 2014 at 6:35 am
            A productive visit by Rahul.He always supports people who are in need of help.
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              Shyam Bansal
              Feb 12, 2014 at 6:34 am
              Indeed a good interaction.I have faith in what Rahul hi said . He can hear the problems and then take to the railway ministry so that they can solve problems.
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                Brijkhanna
                Feb 12, 2014 at 2:11 am
                Thank God it was Rahul who talked about Railway Porters, had it been Kejriwal, he would have ured Railway Porters that hereinafter "Porters" shall be working as Railway booking clerks, Ticket Collectors etc. Wiase toh Rahul ji bhi kum nahin phainketey.
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                  Brijkhanna
                  Feb 12, 2014 at 2:11 am
                  Thank God it was Rahul who talked about Railway Porters, had it been Kejriwal, he would have ured Railway Porters that hereinafter "Porters" shall be working as Railway booking clerks, Ticket Collectors etc. Wiase toh Rahul ji bhi kum nahin phainketey.
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                    Bolefatafat
                    Feb 11, 2014 at 10:13 pm
                    Rahul hi's strategy of walking down to the consuency will not only make him the darling of the neglected but reinforce their will to carry out congress plans and programmes to success!
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                      Bolefatafat
                      Feb 11, 2014 at 10:13 pm
                      Rahul hi's strategy of walking down to the consuency will not only make him the darling of the neglected but reinforce their will to carry out congress plans and programmes to success!
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                        Hari
                        Feb 12, 2014 at 11:05 am
                        “I want minimum rights for everyone, that is my aim,”he should feel ashamed to tell this as his party had run this country for more than 50 years. Claiming to solve their on incompetence and trying to taking credit for it.
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                          Hari
                          Feb 12, 2014 at 11:05 am
                          “I want minimum rights for everyone, that is my aim,”he should feel ashamed to tell this as his party had run this country for more than 50 years. Claiming to solve their on incompetence and trying to taking credit for it.
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                            Harish
                            Feb 12, 2014 at 10:37 am
                            There is no comparison of Rahul hi with the MODI because Rahul hi has big heart to listen and feel common man’s voice. Which is not have Modi. So please support the Rahul.
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                              Lalitha
                              Feb 12, 2014 at 6:42 am
                              I like Rahul hi's style. He interacts without hesitation and speaks from his heart. Good to see him work for people.
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                                Lalitha
                                Feb 12, 2014 at 6:43 am
                                Ministry has to take responsibility .Railway ministry can do some work by helping the porters. It;s good that they shared their views with Rahul hi.
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                                  Manish
                                  Feb 12, 2014 at 10:38 am
                                  I think Narendra Modi has mastered art of speaking lie after lie without feeling any guilt because he has done the Ph.d in speaking lie. Who is your preferred leader? MODI or Rahul hi. I preferred the Rahul.
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                                    Manish
                                    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:38 am
                                    I think Narendra Modi has mastered art of speaking lie after lie without feeling any guilt because he has done the Ph.d in speaking lie. Who is your preferred leader? MODI or Rahul hi. I preferred the Rahul.
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                                      Frank
                                      Feb 11, 2014 at 8:09 pm
                                      Haha .. the desperation of Congress is abundantly apparent .. No quarter of any society ready to hand out their confidence and dreams in claws of Congress ..Going to porters is a good Idea Rahul ..after all they are the ones who are going to lift you and your mom when India bids you good bye forever to Italy
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                                        Frank
                                        Feb 11, 2014 at 8:09 pm
                                        Haha .. the desperation of Congress is abundantly apparent .. No quarter of any society ready to hand out their confidence and dreams in claws of Congress ..Going to porters is a good Idea Rahul ..after all they are the ones who are going to lift you and your mom when India bids you good bye forever to Italy
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                                          Mrinal
                                          Feb 13, 2014 at 7:43 am
                                          Rahul hi has shown that he is not a reluctant leader. He may not possess art of oratory but possess big heart to listen. He is engaging himself in interaction with varied groups of common people.
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                                            Mrinal
                                            Feb 13, 2014 at 7:43 am
                                            Rahul hi has shown that he is not a reluctant leader. He may not possess art of oratory but possess big heart to listen. He is engaging himself in interaction with varied groups of common people.
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