Meerut: Congress general secretary Rahul
Gandhi on Thursday recalled history and asked the people here to
oust the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh the way they had
once freed the country from the yoke of the British rule.
"It is time for you to break free. Untie your hands which
have been tied by successive governments in Uttar Pradesh.
Vote for us for the sake of your own development. With your
power, you ousted the British, throw them out also," Gandhi
said while addressing a big public rally at Ramlila Ground
The time has come to show the same courage and put their
weight behind Congress-RLD-combine in UP, Rahul said.
Selling the plank of change, the Nehru-Gandhi family
scion said he did not believe in making a slew of promises.
"I will make only one promise. We will change the face of
this state. We will bring development to the farm sector the
way we did in Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Kerala etc," he said.
Addressing the rally a day after Congress had flaunted
the Rajiv Gandhi find, technocrat Sam Pitroda, as the new OBC
face in election-bound UP, Rahul today refrained from raising
the caste issue.
Accompanied by RLD leader Ajit Singh and Congress leader
Digvijay Singh and MPs Jayant Chaudhary and Deepinder Hooda,
Rahul stressed people`s power to usher change in his 15 minute
"You alone have the power to change your destiny. You
threw out the British. Now is the time to oust the current
government in UP and elect the Congress-RLD combine. We
promise we will change the face of this state," Rahul said,
playing the development card at the well attended rally.
Four to five activists of UP Navnirman Sena, who were
waving black flags as Rahul stood up to speak, were whisked
away by police.