Youth’s govt will come to power in 2014: Rahul
Congress Vice President lauded land acquisition bill as it would benefit both farmers and workers depended on agriculture
Rampur (UP): Rahul Gandhi today said “a government of the youth” will come to power in 2014 which will work for the poor and “change” the country, comments that triggered speculation whether he would take a leading role after the upcoming polls.
Addressing a public meeting here, the Congress Vice President attacked opposition parties, he said, “If you have to win elections in India, help the poor, work for them – you will win. What they (opposition) do, they don’t go to the poor, but make tall claims in the media, hold press conferences,” he said.
“The elections of 2014 are approaching. You see, a government of the poor, of the common man will again be formed. And I tell you, in 2014, a government of the youth will be formed, which will change the country. It will bring change by empowering the last man in the queue,” Gandhi said.
The comments were seen as the 43-year-old Congress leader taking the lead role, if his party comes to power after the next Lok Sabha elections.
Talking about the initiatives taken by the UPA government for the farmers, peasants and the poor people, he said the government was making an endeavor to ensure that nobody sleeps hungry. He said, “Lakhs of people used to sleep hungry in the country which has now been changed forever with the Food Security law. There can be nothing bigger than this initiative,” Gandhi said.
He said it would also address the problem of pilferage in the PDS system, which he said that accounts for up to 25 per cent.
He further said that while the Right to Food security guaranteed highly subsidized foodgrains to people across the country, the opposition parties had tried hard to block the bill in Parliament.
While talking about the Food Security Act under which two-third of the country’s population will have the right to subsidized food, he targeted the Samajwadi Party government of Uttar Pradesh, saying it does not want to implement the scheme in the state fearing that it would benefit the Congress.
“They (SP government) say it should be implemented in UP after the 2014 elections. I think, they are scared the scheme brought by Congress would hurt them electorally,” Gandhi said.
He also referred to the new Land Acquisition law brought by the UPA, saying it would benefit not only farmers but also those who work on those fields.
In his speech, Gandhi lauded the role of women, saying states with women at the helm have progressed well. In this connection, he referred to Tamil Nadu as an example.
He also made a strong pitch for making politicians and bureaucrats answerable to people by opening their doors.