Amravati: Reaffirming his party`s resolve
for the uplift of the common man, Congress general secretary
Rahul Gandhi on Friday said it would not be found wanting in
protecting the interests of the poor and the farmers.
Addressing an election rally at Nandgaonpet, 15 km
from here, the Congress` youth icon recalled how the
Opposition had tried to belittle his visit to the homes of
Kalavati and Sasikala, widowed wives in Vidarbha, shocked by
suicides by hundreds of debt-ridden farmers.
"The Opposition tried to belittle me but my commitment
and that of my party to the cause of the poor, the downtrodden
and the farmers remains unfaltering," Rahul said.
The Congress leader slammed the BJP-led opposition for
its `India Shining` campaign during the 2004 Lok Sabha
election, saying "they hardly knew how far it was from truth".
The farm loan waiver scheme and NREGA reflected the
sincerity of purpose of the UPA government towards improving
the lot of the rural poor and the farmers, he said.
Rahul asked the electorate to vote the Congress-NCP-
RPI (Gavai) alliance to power in Maharashtra to enable it to
carry forward the unfinished agenda for empowerment of the