Rahul says BJP has no vision for development


New Delhi : Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi Wednesday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lacked vision for the country’s development and this was reflected in its campaign for the ongoing assembly elections.

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Addressing a thinly attended public meeting in east Delhi’s Seemapuri area, Gandhi said: “The BJP’s campaign does not reflect any vision for Delhi or the country’s development.”

The BJP spends energy on finding shortcomings of the Congress rather than coming out with its own statement for growth, he said.

“The first five pages of V.K. Malhotra’s (BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for Delhi) manifesto speaks only of the Congress and the rest five pages too don’t have much,” Rahul said.

The rally was held at the DDA Grounds near Rajiv Gandhi Superspeciality Hospital, named after Rahul’s father and the late former prime minister.

Gandhi, who participated in roadshows at three places before addressing the Seemapuri rally, said this was not the case only of Delhi. “I went to campaign in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, where the BJP rules. Even there, it had nothing to offer in terms of development or vision,” he said.

At these places, the BJP spoke about terrorism because the party had little else to talk home about, he said and added the party’s entire campaign was diverted away from development issues.

Gandhi recounted the development initiatives of the Congress government in Delhi under Chief Minister Sheila Dixit during the last ten years and exhorted people to vote for the Congress again to continue the pace of development.

Delhi, which has 70 assembly seats, goes to polls Nov 29.