Uploaded on Feb 4, 2012
In his highly interactive speech Rahul Gandhi told the crowd "You please attend an election rally of Mulayam Ji. After his speech please request him to paint the blue sky with green. He will agree even that. He will commit whatever you want to hear".
"But where were they when you required them? Where were they when your money was getting looted? Where were they when we had sent funds under MGNREGA?" he asked.
Then he asked the crowd "How many of you are farmers? When a number of people raised their hands Rahul Gandhi asked "Do you remember our policy to waive off loans of the poor farmers? The farmers approached Mulayam Singh Ji and Mayawati Ji. Did they help you? Did they open the doors of banks for you? Who helped you? It was the Congress who helped you because we realize your strength as well as your difficulties. We are aware that the country cannot move forward without the farmers and labourers. BJP, Mulayam Ji and Mayawati Ji ask from where we will have the money? This is your money; the money is the result of your hard work, your sweat and blood. We just give your money back to you".
Then he addressed the minorities and asked a volley of questions, "How many of you are from minority community? Who implemented the Sachar Commission? Who granted you reservation? Who gave you the Bunkar's package? And the people responded with 'Congress'.
On Bunkars relief package he said "Bunkars in U.P had approached me. They pleaded for assistance as they face a lot of difficulties. They informed that they had approached both SP and BSP but no one listened to them. They also shared that they are not able to secure loan from anywhere. We took them to the Prime Minister and the Centre immediately approved a relief package for the Bunkars. We introduced a Bunkar credit card and also helped them to get loan upto two lac rupees".
Further referring the promise of reservation for minority, the Congress General Secretary said "Mulayam Singh Ji was silent when we first talked about reservation. But when Manmohan Singh Ji decided to grant reservation for the minorities, he immediately commented that the percentage was inadequate. He also said that he would have granted reservation of 28%. He was the Chief Minister in U.P thrice. Why did he not take any steps for reservation then? Without doing anything when he was in power, he now promises 28% reservation. Mayawati Ji says that she has written to Manmohan Singh Ji. Why she has to write letters? She was the Chief Minister and she could have taken a decision in this regard."
"They make big promises, but do nothing. We do deliver but do not give hollow promises" argued Rahul Gandhi.
"I will not make hollow promises. I have the trust in your strength. You will have to bring about changes. The changes are made by the people not by the politicians. Politicians just ensure that your voice is heard by the Government. I am here to listen to you. I come to you, share your meals and drink water from your well and sometimes fall sick. I do not mind. But want to realize your difficulties. I come to you and hold your hands. Why? I Know that if we want to bring in changes it can be done only with your help. I realize your strength and power. You gave others 22 years. What did you get? "
"You go to Maharashtra, leaving behind your family here. You witnessed rampant corruption. The funds were looted. We (Congress) know how to run a Government. We have a Congress Government in the Centre and the country has been progressing. We changed Andhra Pradesh. We changed Kerala. Just visit schools in Kerala and experience the development. We changed Haryana, Delhi and Assam. We know how to function? I am here not for elections but to bring in positive changes in Uttar Pradesh".
Reiterating that he will continue visiting people Rahul Gandhi said "Till your state stands on its own legs, till your people stop going to other cities for jobs, till you get the right to jobs here, till your farmers get justice, till you get the right to food, till the Hindu, Christian and Muslims get proper respect, Rahul Gandhi will be seen in the villages".
"I am here not to seek votes but to build in a lifelong relationship. Whatever you do, my relationship will continue for my entire life. I have only one duty. I will take the voices of the poor, farmers, labourers and the youth and dalit to the Parliament and assembly. If anyone creates any hindrance for this, I will fight to the last for you. Finally I want to tell you one thing. Your voices will reach Lucknow and the money will reach you" concluded Rahul Gandhi.
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