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Rahul takes BJP-Akalis head on over Lokpal,FDI

On the penultimate day of campaigning in poll-bound Punjab,Congress General Secretary and Lok Sabha MP Rahul Gandhi on Friday launched a direct attack on the BJP and the SAD,accusing both of blocking the Lokpal Bill and the Foreign Direct Investment in retail for political considerations.

Written by Raghvendra Rao | Gidderbaha (muktsar) | Published: January 1, 2012 12:23:42 am

On the penultimate day of campaigning in poll-bound Punjab,Congress General Secretary and Lok Sabha MP Rahul Gandhi on Friday launched a direct attack on the BJP and the SAD,accusing both of blocking the Lokpal Bill and the Foreign Direct Investment in retail for political considerations.

Gandhi also took on BJP leader L K Advani,saying that while he embarked on a yatra against corruption across the country,he did not see any corruption in states like Karnataka,Jharkhand,Chhattisgarh and Punjab — all BJP-ruled states. “And when we brought the Bill for a strong Lokpal in the Parliament,their people opposed it. We said that there should be a Constitutional Lokpal which should function the same way as the Election Commission does — without succumbing to any pressure,” he said.

“Aur Manmohan Singh ji,Congress president Sonia Gandhi ji aur Congress party ne Parliament me Bill rakha… BJP ke logon ne,Akali Dal ke logon ne laal button daba kar us Bill ko wahan roka. (When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the Congress introduced the Bill in the Parliament,members of the BJP and Akali Dal stopped it by pressing the red button),said Rahul. “Aur jab Bill ruk raha tha to muskurahatein thee inke chehron pe…khush they yeh log (And when the Bill was getting stalled,these people had smiles on their faces,they were happy),” he added.

“When the media asked them about what they had done and why,they said that the Bill was not their dream but only that of the Prime Minister,Congress president,Congress Party and Rahul Gandhi. Magar yeh sirf hamara sapna nahin tha…yeh aam yuvaon ka sapna hai…Punjab ke yuvaon ka sapna hai ki bhrastachar kam ho..aur hum isko poor kar ke dikhayenge,” said Rahul.

Claiming that it was only the Congress which was fighting corruption,Rahul said: “Jahan bhi hamare log isme shamil hote hain,hum unko jail main daal dete hain…hamare mantra jail mein baithey huye hain. Hum ladte hain,yeh sirf bhashan karte hain,yatrayen karte hain.”

Narrating how a farmer in Uttar Pradesh asked him to why he got Rs 2 for a kg of potatoes while a potato chips packet that uses only half a potato was selling for Rs 10,Rahul said that only reason for such a situation was that the farmer was not getting the profits of his labour. “Humney FDI ki baat ki-ki jo unit lagein kisan ke paas,kheton ke paas lagein…uska fayda aap tak pahunche…apko sahi rate miley. Aur ekdum FDI ke khilaaf uthkar Akali Dal aur BJP ke log khade ho gaye,” he said,adding that these parties,particularly the BJP,were not actually opposed to FDI but were only opposing it because the government wanted to push for these reforms. He also said that many MPs from these parties acknowledge in the Parliament that FDI will benefit people.

Explaining how elections within the Youth Congress in Punjab had empowered the party,Rahul asked the people to support the young candidates who have got an opportunity in politics now. “Yahan yuva pratyashi hai…Naye ladke ko laiye aur yeh apke liye ladega,” Gandhi said referring to Amarinder Singh Raja Warring,a 33-year old Youth Congress worker who has been handpicked by Rahul to contest against PPP chief Manpreet Singh Badal.

The Congress general secretary also said that he had met all these youngsters in New Delhi and had asked them to go and fight for the people and their problems after having got the party ticket. He added that they had been told in clear terms that if he got to know about even an iota of corruption against any of them,their political careers will be over.

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