AICC president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the Congress believed in partnership growth while the BJP’s thinking was to give power in the hands of a few.
Addressing a party workers meet in Bangalore to drum-up support for the three party candidates in Bangalore South, North and Central Lok Sabha Constituencies, Rahul said: “Congress believed in partnering with every stakeholder in society, including the poor, labour, farmers and industrialists. We do not want to bring sorrow to any section of society. On the other hand, the BJP believed in concentrating power in the hands of a few.”
Saying that the Congress believed in making Bangalore a manufacturing hub, the Congress leader said the city which has earned a global recognition for its achievements in the Information Technology will soon be known for its made in Bangalore products in other sectors once the industrial corridors are set up between Mumbai-Bangalore and Bangalore-Chennai; Chennai-Delhi and Delhi-Mumbai.
Mocking the BJP’s poll promises to ensure women safety and empowerment, Rahul referred the snoopgate and porngate in Gujarat and Karnataka respectively.
“These are the same people in Gujarat who snooped into the privacy of a woman, tapped her phones and spied on her. Not just this, BJP MLAs in Karnataka were caught watching picture (porn clips on mobile) in Vidhan Sabha.” He also slammed attacks on women in the guise of moral policing by BJP fringe groups in coastal regions.
In his 20 minute speech, Rahul also took a jibe at BJP’s double standards on corruption and pointed at how the party embraced ‘tainted,’ former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and protected Bellary Reddy brothers to loot natural resources. At the end, Rahul introduced party candidates Nandan Nilkeani (Bangalore South), Rizwan Arshad (Bangalore Central) and C Narayanaswamy (Bangalore North) and appealed to voters to extend their support.
The AICC vice-president in Raichur asked voters to back the Congress in the polls as the party, unlike the BJP, managed to amend Article 371(J) to help those in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region.
Rahul was presented with silver mace, a Mysore silk turban and silk shawl in Bangalore.
Former chief minister S M Krishna, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and KPCC president G Parameshwara also spoke.