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BJP leaders say free food makes people lazy: Rahul

In both his rallies,Gandhi lauded Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s welfare schemes.

Written by Express News Service | Jaipur | November 20, 2013 12:25:05 am

While the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was mounting attack on him in rallies in eastern Rajasthan,Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was making similar charges on his adversary in the two rallies that he addressed in poll-bound Rajasthan on Tuesday. Both of them traded similar charges against each other — of being “divisive” and not being “pro-poor”.

“The Congress party says if we have to go ahead,every person in the country has to go ahead together — the rich,the poor,every community has to be included. But the Opposition says Hindus and Muslims must be divided,different castes must be divided,” he told at a rally in Bikaner.

“While both the parties agree that infrastructure has to be developed,we say that infrastructure alone cannot bring development unless we promote improvement in the lives of people. The NDA (government) made roads,but the network of roads made by our government is thrice of what they had made. They are number one in marketing,” he said in a mock appreciation.

Rahul alleged that the NDA has been against UPA government’s pro-people schemes. “I asked the Opposition in Parliament why are you against MGNREGA,food security Bill etc,and their reply was that when you give free food to people they become lazy. They (the Opposition) do not understand what poverty is. We believe poor people are not the reason behind poverty. There are hurdles in front of the poor and we feel it is the government’s responsibility to break the wall that stands as a barrier in front of them,” Gandhi said.

In both his rallies,Gandhi lauded Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s welfare schemes. “Ashok Gehlot gave free medicines not only to people but also to animals in this state. BJP considers free medicines as poison,but don’t realise how important it is for the poor. Gehlotji has given pension to the old and stood by them. He also brought the oil refinery to Barmer,” he added.

Rahul claimed that the UPA believes that the “country belongs to all”. “Those who incite riots only think of the present and how they can come to power. They do not care for the future of the country,” he said at another rally in Chittorgarh.

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