New Delhi: During an interview with a TV channel on Saturday Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said “They have been better in marketing their campaign. But for us our strength is amongst the poor. Their (BJP) marketing is good. But our work is better than them.”
Hitting out at the Gujarat model of development, Mr Gandhi claimed that the much-touted model benefited only a few industrialists, while the “kids and farmers are in worse conditions”.
“When Gujarat grew, it was because of the small industries, because of movements like Amul and that is its strength. Now you see the Gujarat model, the turnover of one industrialist has grown from Rs 3,000 crore to Rs 40,000 crore,” he claimed, in another reference to the industrialist.
He also said that “Mr Modi’s economic model is that the entire money of the state should be given to two or three persons. This mindset is also dangerous for the country. I keep fighting against such mindset.”
Claiming that corruption could be fought more effectively if the people get the right to elect people to posts like Congress president, vice-president, among others, Mr Gandhi claimed that the party candidate from Vadodara, who was chosen through a primary, had offered to leave the seat for a “more suitable candidate when it became known that Mr Modi will contest from there”.
“Aag laga di hai is idea ne, logon ko maza aa raha hai (This idea of primary has enthused a lot of people),” said Mr Gandhi.
To a question on unparliamentary language used by leaders of Samajwadi Party, he said “extremism of any kind is dangerous” and “we are fighting against the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh.”
Asked about his marriage, Mr Gandhi said that marriage is a matter of destiny, like death and that it would happen when destiny wills. “I think marriage, like death, is in destiny. When the time comes, it will happen,” he said.
Earlier during the day Rahul Gandhi held a massive road show and filed his nomination papers from Amethi Lok Sabha constituency seeking a hat-trick.
Accompanied by his mother Sonia Gandhi, sister Priyanka Gandhi and brother in-law Robert Vadra, Mr Gandhi filed his papers as the nomination process for the constituency opened today.
Breaking from the practice of not campaigning in a constituency being contested by his cousin Varun Gandhi, Rahul’s road show began from Amhat in Sultanpur, from where Varun is contesting.
Dismissing opinion poll projections he said, “In 2004 and 2009 also, the opinion polls had said that Congress will lose. You all know what happened. The same is going to repeat.”...