(Left) People patiently hear out the Congress scion at a rally in Bhiwandi on Thursday; (below) At Versova beach, Rahul speaks to the fisherfolk community.
(Left) People patiently hear out the Congress scion at a rally in Bhiwandi on Thursday; (below) At Versova beach, Rahul speaks to the fisherfolk community.

Says the RSS killed Gandhiji, but is shamelessly       professing his ideologies to gain power 

(Left) People patiently hear out the Congress scion at a rally in Bhiwandi on Thursday; (below) At Versova beach, Rahul speaks to the fisherfolk community.
(Left) People patiently hear out the Congress scion at a rally in Bhiwandi on Thursday; (below) At Versova beach, Rahul speaks to the fisherfolk community.

Bhiwandi : Launching a frontal attack on the saffron brigade led by the BJP, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said that Mahatma Gandhi was killed by the RSS. Speaking at an election rally at Sonala village, Bhiwandi, on Thursday afternoon Rahul said that the BJP was merely professing the ideologies of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel to gain power.

“Gandhiji was killed by the RSS and Sardar Patel was a Congress leader. Today, they (BJP) venerate Gandhiji and claim Sardar Patel as their own leader,” said Rahul.

He added that BJP was even taking credit for the work done by the Congress in the last 60 years. “It was the Congress which introduced computers and phones in the country. At that time we were taunted for introducing computers and phone on the grounds it was not going to feed the poor. Today, the BJP is taking credit for the same,” he said.

He said that BJP was claiming that they would do in three months what the Congress achieved in 60 years. “Who has made the achievement? It is the citizens of the country who have achieved – the farmers, the workers, labourers. By saying that they will achieve in three months they do not respect the achievements of the Indian citizens all these years,” said Rahul.

This was his poll second rally in Maharashtra, the first being at Aurangabad on Wednesday where he shared the stage with former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, one of the accused in the Adarsh scam.

Dressed in white, Rahul arrived at 40 acres ground at Bhiwandi at 4 pm after attending several events in Mumbai. He begun his speech invoking the historical icons – Shivaji Maharaj, Ambedkar and Phule. “Congress is not just a party, it is a ideology. Congress was born here. This is party which strives for the poor and not for any one community,” said Rahul.

He then went to make his usual claims of how Congress introduced crucial schemes for the benefit of the poor – NREGA, RTI, RTE and RTF.

“In the last 10 years 15 crore people have been elevated from poverty,” claimed Rahul. He also spoke about the interstate corridors including the Delhi-Mumbai corridor. He said that once implemented these corridors would generate employment for 13 crore people. He even spoke about the local issues such as better connectivity between Thane and Mumbai, cluster development of power looms and the Virar-Alibaug corridor.

Ganesh N

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