Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Jagatsinghpur, Apr 14:
In an interesting departure, the Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi targeted the Naveen Patnaik led BJD government in Odisha while sparing the BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi here today.
Addressing an election rally at the Nabakrushna Choudhury ground here, Rahul said “This election is a fight between two ideologies. While the Congress was for industries and development with its benefits reaching the common man and the poor, the BJD stands for the profits earned through industries going to a select few”.
The Congress vice-president Rahul said the Congress was for guaranteed rights to the poor and mentioned the Right to Food enacted by the UPA government to make his point.
While exhorting the people to vote for the Congress, Gandhi said if voted to power, the party would ensure free medicines and health care for the poor and pucca houses for all guaranteed by an act of the Parliament.
Rahul also assured that special welfare measures would be launched for the 70 crore people belonging to the lower middle class, if the Congress comes to power. This category which is above the BPL category but below the middle class includes people like electricians, carpenters, workers, farmers etc, he said.
The Congress has always been for the farmers and the UPA had waived loans to the tune of Rs 70,000 crore to save the farmers from their loan burden, said Rahul.
Rahul said the Congress intends to turn India into a manufacturing hub like China with manufacturing corridors extending from Delhi to Mumbai to Bengaluru with the nation’s youth playing a key role in building the Made in India/Made in Odisha brand, thus ensuring jobs for Odisha’s youth.
While asking the people to give Naveen Patnaik a break from governing Odisha, Rahul said the money looted from the people would be ploughed back to their pockets if the Congress is voted to power in the state.