Rahul Gandhi reaches out to North East, promises ‘power’ to people

The interaction also saw participants raising the issue of Nido Taniam's death.

Diphu | Published:February 25, 2014 2:47 pm
Rahul Gandhi said the Centre is working towards giving certain minimum rights and security to people of the region all over India. (PTI) Rahul Gandhi said the Centre is working towards giving certain minimum rights and security to people of the region all over India. (PTI)

Amid demand for enacting an Anti-Racism Law to protect rights of North East people, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the Centre is working towards giving certain minimum rights and security to people of the region all over India.

“You should not only be having these rights in places you belong to, like Meghalaya, Tripura and Assam but in the whole of India,” Gandhi said as he interacted with tribal leaders in Diphu.

The interaction also saw participants raising the issue of Nido Taniam’s death after being allegedly beaten up by some shopkeepers in the national capital some time back.

Acknowledging that there is discrimination against students from North East, Gandhi said, “We, at the Centre, are working towards giving certain minimum rights and security to people that one should have in the whole of India. You should not only be having these rights in the places you belong to like Meghalaya, Tripura and Assam but in the whole of India.”

During the interaction, Gandhi talked at length on the issue of corruption and made a strong pitch for opening up the processes in the political system as a solution to it.

The Congress vice president reiterated his resolve to replicate the Primary System of choosing candidates with the collective decision of party workers in a particular region if the pilot project of holding it in 15-16 Parliamentary seats this election bore fruit.

“Opposition talks about corruption but the most powerful and historical instrument against it in form of RTI was given by our government. What was done in closed doors by bureaucrats can be known by any common citizen by filing RTI.

“When people talk about corruption it is because only a few people have power centralised in them. We want to open this decision making process,” he said.

Gandhi said decision-making is confined to few and at best it is the 4500 MLAs and 800 MPs, who enact all laws.

He noted that there has been a complaint for long that one family or one individual keeps getting tickets.

“This is the situation which you feel bad about…Decision making about ticket distribution is highly centralised as very few people take decisions on distribution of tickets…Power is centralised. In future we will not give one person or one family the ticket but we will ask you to distribute tickets.

“We are holding primaries. We have held it now in 15-16 places but we want to take it in all constituencies and this is something, which no other party is doing…..With this (primaries), all party workers would be involved in candidate selection and you will feel that it is your candidate,” Gandhi said.

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    Murthy
    Feb 25, 2014 at 12:27 pm
    "Opposition talks about corruption but the most powerful and historical instrument against it in form of RTI was given by our government. What was done in closed doors by bureaucrats can be known by any common citizen by filing RTI."1. This appears to be only a small medicine towards a greater Disease created and nurtured your government for 60 years. Why can't you give us some solution which would reduce the modes upfront curb on corruption. good Governance is the tool which would do this. you dont want to talk on this because your opponent has already proved this.2. As you only say RTI could only show up the what has been done by bereacrats. What is their to know what has been done by the political cl.
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      Deepak Batra
      Feb 25, 2014 at 10:05 am
      Rahul hi knows that problem of security and safety of North Eastern people is a concern. Congress is working towards giving certain minimum rights and security to people of the region all over India.
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        Deepak Batra
        Feb 25, 2014 at 10:08 am
        The North Eastern people are part of India. They must not be discriminated on the basis of their look. It is good people will be given security not only in Meghalaya, Tripura and am but in the w of India.
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          Harman Ahuja
          Feb 25, 2014 at 10:48 am
          Rahul hi's belief in secular approach makes him different from others. He has been inspirational with his words on decentralisation of power
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            Harman Ahuja
            Feb 25, 2014 at 10:49 am
            This clearly shows us that Rahul hi knows our democracy very well, he is following the correct approach in our political system and strives to work on equality
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              nilesh jala
              Mar 1, 2014 at 10:11 am
              “ To be honest, Rahul hi is on the same path. Hisleadership qualities amaze me as his love for the poor people has beenimpressive.”
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                nilesh jala
                Mar 1, 2014 at 10:11 am
                “Many leaders say that he is not fit for the politics but Isay that one day the w world will appreciate his work.”
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                  nilesh jala
                  Mar 1, 2014 at 10:11 am
                  “Rahul hi is doing great work….rahul ji is best leaderof congress but his cousin varun always does bad things….!!”
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                    nilesh jala
                    Mar 1, 2014 at 10:11 am
                    “The efforts he has been putting reminds me of his fatherRajiv hi who has contributed a lot to the country..”
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                      Jishna Chauhan
                      Feb 25, 2014 at 10:59 am
                      Decentralisation of power is really much needed in our Indian politics. Sadly, in a country with huge democracy, no other party has raised the issue of over-centralisation of power. Its good that Rahul hi is aware of that
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                        Jishna Chauhan
                        Feb 25, 2014 at 11:00 am
                        It gives us a glimpse that Rahul hi has good knowledge about politics and he knows how to work in Indian Political system.
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                          Kairav Singh
                          Feb 25, 2014 at 10:53 am
                          Hmm..Rahul hi and Congress has pla an important role in removing corruption from our country. Congress brought transparency in our current political system
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                            Kairav Singh
                            Feb 25, 2014 at 10:54 am
                            Rahul hi believes in social equality and he is working hard to eliminate the social polarisation. Its really good to see such approach in a politician in India
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                              Aman Mehra
                              Feb 25, 2014 at 10:22 am
                              I think Rahul hi did a good job by talking on the issue of corruption and made a strong pitch for opening up the processes in the political system.
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                                Aman Mehra
                                Feb 25, 2014 at 10:24 am
                                We have seen BJP talk about corruption but the most powerful and historical instrument against it in form of RTI was given by UPA government. BJP is a corrupt party.
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                                  minal sharma
                                  Feb 25, 2014 at 12:54 pm
                                  " When the person gets frustrated due to regularteasing, some move is needed to be taken. Everyday anything happens one of theminister will come out and say PMO should resign. Is this a way. I suggest itis coprrect move by Youth congress."
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                                    minal sharma
                                    Feb 25, 2014 at 12:55 pm
                                    "Our PM shri Manmohan singh is the best person till nowfor india i feel, because their is no one who is so much professional andexperienced and with so much degrees that can handle our economy."
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                                      minal sharma
                                      Feb 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm
                                      "Rahul hi has a great vision as he wants to runindia with the Youth. He is the person who setback lifted Youth congress."
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                                        Janardhan Rao Maddu
                                        Feb 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm
                                        Why this late realization ? He could have done much in last ten years if his intentions were honest.It is nothing but poll gimicks.
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                                          Abhinav Sharma
                                          Feb 25, 2014 at 10:41 am
                                          I think people living in North East should feel privileged and happy because Rahul hi will take care of the people. I agree, that decision making about ticket distribution is highly centralised as very few people take decisions on distribution of tickets. That's where Rahul wants a change.
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                                            Abhinav Sharma
                                            Feb 25, 2014 at 10:42 am
                                            Rahul's thoughts on holding primaries are very nice. UPA has held it now in 15-16 places but it wants to take it in all consuencies and i know no other party is doing that.
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