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PHOTOS: Your dream is my dream, Rahul tells the poor

September 17, 2013 20:21 IST

Your dream is my dream, Rahul tells the poor

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Shahnawaz Akhtar

At the rally in election-bound Rajasthan the Gandhi scion stressed on the collective dream for a prosperous nation, reports Shahnawaz Akhtar

Congress No 2 Rahul Gandhi set his campaign agenda for the forthcoming elections in Rajasthan as he addressed a rally in the Barmer district on Tuesday.

But unlike Bhartiya Janta Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi he did not spend time in accusing the opposition. He highlighted dreams and aspirations of the common man and what his party had done or will do to realise these dreams.

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Image: Rahul Gandhi addresses crowds gathered for his rally in Barmer
Photographs: Rohit Jain Paras

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'We want poor labourers to lead a better life'

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This is the second time in a week that Rahul has addressed the people of Rajasthan (the first rally was held in Udaipur), stressing on his dream of fulfilling the common man’s aspirations for a good life.

“We too talk about development, about building roads, rail, ports, school and bridges. But unlike them, we want those who build the nation’s infrastructure, the poor labourers, also to lead a better life,” said Rahul while addressing a gathering in Hadauti, in Rajasthan’s Baran district.

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Image: Rahul talks to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot during the rally
Photographs: Rohit Jain Paras

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'Opposition only wants progress for selective few'

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Before addressing in Hadauti, he laid the foundation stone of the Parwan River Dam Project and Super Critical Power Plant in Chhabra and also inaugurated three units of Chhabra plant and a sub critical unit at Kalisindh.

“The opposition only wants progress of the selective few, while the Congress wants to fulfill the dream of a poor man who looks skyward and thinks my son will fly in that plane one day,” said Rahul emotionally.  Interestingly, in the 17-minute long speech that AICC vice-president delivered, he neither named his opposition parties or their leaders, but kept referring to them as ‘they’.

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Image: Rahul is being felicitated at the rally
Photographs: Rohit Jain Paras

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'India is a country of youth'

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While addressing the common people, he said, “The women who come to attend this meet, also have big dreams and aspirations and so I am here. (Pauses) I believe that you are the strength of the country and this country will grow if you will dream and if you won’t dream, then this country will never grow.”

Attacking the policy of the opposition (read BJP) he added, “They have selective dream, and dream for few people, some five hundred people. The Congress does not believe in such politics.”

Seamlessly sewing his dreams with that of the Indian youths who have a lot of aspirations, he said, “India is a country of youth and in this country, most of the youth are poor. They have several dreams, some want to run train, some want to do business. If the government won’t hold their hands and take them closer to their vision, then who will?

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Image: Rahul arrives at the rally in Barmer
Photographs: Rohit Jain Paras

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'Poor health, not unemployment is the reason for poverty'

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This time around, the Congress vice president was even interactive during his speech, not delivering a monologue. Pausing in the middle of his speech, he asked a man to explain the reason behind poverty.

Following which he said, “Poor health and not unemployment is the reason for poverty. What the Rajasthan government had done by providing free medicines and treatment for the poor is commendable and it will not stop here, but will be implemented in entire country.”

Rahul in his two consecutive speeches has made his dream and the dream of the nation quite apparent, but only time will tell if this collective dream of his will materialise or not. 

 


Photographs: Rohit Jain Paras
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