Rahul Gandhi addressed his first press conference as Congress president, after being elected unopposed to the post on Monday. Mr. Gandhi spoke in Ahmedabad on the closing day of campaigning for the ongoing Gujarat Meeting elections, sooner than the 2d and closing section of vote casting.
Mahesh Langa reviews from the venue.
On Modi and Mani Shankar Aiyar’s assertion
Addressing the internal battle in his birthday party following Mani Shankar Aiyar’s remarks, the Congress president talked about he had made his position sure. “We took action in opposition to him. However what Modi ii has been announcing about Dr. Manmohan Singh is additionally no longer acceptable. As Congress president, my priority will almost definitely be to toughen the birthday party and you may maybe well additionally peer that in Gujarat.”
Stating that he wanted to alternate the political discourse because it had change into “inappropriate and scary,” Mr. Gandhi talked about that the BJP’s marketing campaign had shifted focal point to its opponents.
On his temple visits
“Why can no longer I talk over with temples?” requested Mr. Gandhi on being requested about his temple visits. “It is BJP’s fable that I visited temples in Gujarat handiest. However truly, I visited Kedarnath temple. Is that in Gujarat? It is in Uttarakhand.”
“At any time after I went to a temple I accurate prayed for a golden future for the of us of Gujarat, an even bigger pattern right here. Is it obnoxious to switch to a temple? On the total we retain public meetings, nonetheless this time we held yatras and staunch via yatras, I visited temples.”
On Congress’ electoral strategy
Detailing the Congress’ imaginative and prescient for Gujarat, Mr. Gandhi talked about that the come of Gujarat has been “one-sided.” He additionally careworn out that the birthday party became assured it may maybe maybe well prefer the upcoming polls.
“ninety% of colleges and colleges were privatised,” he talked about. “Now, the High Minister now no longer talks about corruption, or minimum beef up designate to farmers. We are assured that we are going to prefer the Gujarat assembly polls. We are able to live balanced pattern in opposition to BJP’s one sided pattern. Irrational economic policies of the BJP authorities has broken Gujarat. We are able to abolish contract labour, mounted pay machine in Gujarat. We may maybe well additionally no longer ever prefer any resolution unilaterally in Gujarat.”
Mr. Gandhi added that election is “gained on epic. Of us who discover no longer alternate their epic prefer the polls. Whenever you occur to peer, BJP in Gujarat kept changing epic nonetheless failed.”
Announcing that the of us of Gujarat have realised that the BJP is “hollow,” Mr. Gandhi requested about job advent in Gujarat. “What has been accomplished in 22 years in Gujarat? Are there doctors in hospitals in Gujarat? Are there jobs in Gujarat? Tiny and medium enterprises are job creators nonetheless they web no beef up from the authorities.”
Mr. Gandhi additionally talked about, “Congress is combating the polls as united power.”