Admitting “some anti-incumbency” against UPA government which has committed one or two mistakes, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday promised a “radical government” headed by him if Congress comes to power after 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
In an interview to a news channel, the Congress Vice President also conceded UPA government may have committed one or two mistakes.
Gandhi said if MPs want him to to be the Prime Minister after elections, he would agree to it “not 99 percent but 103 percent” and promised that the government under him will “change India”.
“It will change the system and the structure. It will not be a conventional government. It will be a radical government and it will change the structure radically. It will give a tremendous performance,” said the Congress Vice President.
At the same time, he insisted it will “not be Rahul Gandhi’s government. It will be a government of the people of India, whose voice will resonate in the corridors of power.”
“We will give as much power to people as possible in every sphere so that they can draw power automatically being the citizens of the country. You work and we will trust in your abilities will be the approach,” he said.
With elections over for almost half of the Lok Sabha seats and opinion polls predicting a poor show for Congress, Gandhi admitted “UPA has committed one or two mistakes”. He, however, hastened to add that it has also done a lot of work.
Making a scathing attack on Narendra Modi’s rule in Gujarat, he said there has been no Lokayukta and there is hidden corruption.
“Courts are telling Gujarat to bring Lokayukta, bring RTI,” he said.
Taking a dig at Modi, he said “what we see there is a chowkidar who says I am chowkidar of Gujarat but we do not one chowkidar. We want to turn every citizen into chowkidar.”
About anti-incumbency factor against UPA, he said “ten years is not a short period, it’s a long period” and suggested some anti-incumbency is bound to be there and it is there.
Gandhi said he gets angry because the country’s huge potential is locked up and was not being allowed to be freed.
He also said he is for dismantling the structure in which there is concentration of power in one hand and wants a say for everyone in decision-making.
Claiming UPA has done a lot of work, Gandhi said unlike NDA, “we are not that good in marketing”.