AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday blamed the NDA government for undoing the major achievements of the UPA governments in the last decade and said the central idea of the government was to create communal tension.
Rahul was in the state capital addressing the valedictory function of the month-long political tour, Janapaksha Yatra, of Congress state president V M Sudheeran.
Referring to the UPA flagship schemes, rural job guarantee scheme and food security programme, Rahul said we tried to support the people with various programmes. “We did all these, because people are the energy of the nation. But, one man sitting in Delhi thinks he can change India,” said Rahul.
On the NDA government decision to limit the rural job guarantee scheme, Gandhi said money is taken away from poor people and given to corporate groups. He also charged the government for taking away the power of the people in the land acquisition policy, which ensured that people were heard in the issue.
“The Prime Minister says you should clean the country. The PM says that all MPs should adopt a village in their constituency to transform it into a model village. My constituency has 700-odd villages. If I adopt one village, what I am supposed to do with the rest of the villages. There is no answer to that,” said Rahul.
Referring to BJP’s promise to bring back black money within 100 days, Gandhi said you have done nothing to get back the black money.
“One thing I have noticed about you. Wherever there is an election, there is communal violence. There were riots in UP, Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand,” said Rahul.
He said the central idea of NDA is to make communities fight between people and run the government to serve the interest of a few people. “What had happened in the last six months is going to repeat for next four years. Although the NDA government has announced several projects such a model village and clean India, but nothing concrete is going to happen.”
He said the Congress job is very clear: “To give power to the people and create harmony among them. When people get tired of the fake dreams of the NDA, they would come back to Congress.”
Although Congress groups in Kerala were not fully co-operating with Sudheeran during his month-long yatra, Gandhi said the yathra was in the right perspective. He congratulated Sudheeran for taking up social issues during the political tour.