Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi embarked on a month-long ‘kisan yatra’ from Deoria to Delhi starting last Tuesday, to scale mobilisation of workers in about 225 Assembly constituencies that would be covered in the 2500-km yatra. This ‘yatra’ is key to Congress party’s strategy to revive its fortunes in the upcoming election, after being out of power for three decades in Uttar Pradesh.
The road show has given Rahul Gandhi the platform to attack the BJP-led central government and the ruling Samajwadi party, for their failure to curb communal tension and the deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.
Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party are leaving no stone turned, to strike an accord with the minorities and the farmer in the state, who hold the wining vote in the upcoming elections. Mounting an all-out-attack, Rahul Gandhi has described BJP’s policies as divisive and majoritarian.
Here are the top quotes from his road show today:
* “Humare khoon ke andar ye baat hai ki yeh desh sabka hai, kisi ek jaat, dharm, vyakti, sanagathan ka nahin hai (It is in our blood that tell us that this country belongs to all of us, not to one cast, religion, person or institution)”
* “Ye desh gusse se kabhi nahin chal sakta hai, darr se nahi chalsakta hai. Pyaar se chalta hai…yahi fark hai hum mein aur unme (This country cannot be run by anger and fear. The country needs to run with love, that is the difference between us and them)”
* Narendra Modi ka kaam janata ko ek doosre se ladaane ka kaam hai, mera kaam janata ko jodne ka hai (Its Narendra Modi’s job to incite tensions within the public, and it is my job to bring people closer together)”
* Speaking to thousands attending his rally, Rahul Gandhi, said that congress party was the only force to sand up against the majoritarian rule of Narendra Modi and the RSS. “Narendra Modi aur RSS ke khilaaf Congress party ladti hai, Sonia Gandhi ladti hain, Rahul Gandhi ladta hai (Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi stand against and fight Narendra Modi and RSS)” he said.
Rahul Gandhi reminded the farmers how the UPA government headed by congress had waivered off loans to help their community and how the Modi government failed to keep their promises.
“They made huge promises like payment of 15 lakhs, employment to youth. But, when will the 15 lakh be sent? when will the youth get employment? they talked about bullet train but increased the fares of train tickets,” said Rahul Gandhi.