New Delhi: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi arrived in Madhya Pradesh on Monday to launch his party’s campaign in the poll-bound state.
Following his arrival at Bhopal’s Raja Bhoj Airport, Gandhi got into an open bus commencing a roadshow – which covered a distance of around 18 kilometres long.
The roadshow started from Bhopal’s Lalghati Chowk, near the airport and passed through old city areas including Royal Market and Peer Gate, and reached BHEL Dussehra Maidan.
In anticipation of Congress chief’s visit, the Madhya Pradesh Congress had put several posters welcoming ‘Shiv Bhakt Rahul Gandhiji’ in Bhopal.
Here are the major highlights from Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Madhya Pradesh:
- Several Congress workers were seen participating in party’s ‘Sankalp Yatra’ in the afternoon — when the said roadshow started.
- Taking a brief halt during his roadshow, Gandhi’s team had tea and ‘samosa’ at a roadside stall, reported PTI.
- Gandhi also posed for a selfie with the tea stall owner and his staff. Senior party leaders, including MP Congress Committee president Kamal Nath and state party’s campaign panel chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia, were seen by his side.
- Hindu priests, chanting mantras, blessed Gandhi as he reached the Lalgathi area, amid a heavy security cover, to launch the poll campaign in Madhya Pradesh where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been ruling for the last 15 years.
- Later, the Congress chief also addressed party workers at Dussera Maidan wherein he said that the BJP government has ‘ruined’ state’s education and employment opportunities.
- He also reiterated his claims that countries like China generate jobs for 50,000 youth in 24 hours while India only employs 450 young people in the corresponding period.
- “Your chief minister has made 20,000 promises but he never speaks of unemployment. The youth of Madhya Pradesh need employment. Behind every product, you see the words “Made In China”. our government will change that into ‘Made In Bhopal’” he added.
- He also touched upon the Vijay Mallya row and said that the fugitive businessman “is not a thief for the government”.
- “If they can let such people go and not recover debts from them, they must waive off the loans of the farmers who work so hard,” Rahul said.
- Continuing his attack on RSS –BJP’s ideological parent, Gandhi said that the right-wing outfit “is not the place for women”. He claimed that Congress will start exclusive police stations to fight crimes against women. Rahul added that ” Congress is for all” and that everybody should have their voice in Madhya Pradesh while saying that the Congress will meet the tribals after they form government in the state.