Rahul Meets Protesting Sanitation Workers, Attacks Modi, Kejriwal

Rahul Gandhi said that no matter what their troubles were, he would stand by them in putting up a united fight. 

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File photo of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. (Photo: PTI)

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday where sanitation workers were protesting.

Offering his support to the protestors, Gandhi attacked Delhi CM Kejriwal and Prime Minister Modi. He said that change cannot be brought by merely making promises and alleged that poor were being deprived of their rights in the name of development.

The workers from civic bodies were agitating for payment of salary dues at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, the Congress Vice President sought to link their demands with the “honour” of the poor and said he would stand by them for any cause to put up a united fight.

This is not a fight for Delhi’s cleanliness, a fight for the country’s cleanliness. This is a fight for your honour. I wanted to bring some of my strength amongst you.... Together we will show what your strength is.
– Rahul Gandhi, Congress Vice President

Addressing the workers for the second time in six days, he said, “You may think I have come to speak for safai karamcharis but this speech is for the poor farmers, labourers, safai karamcharis and all those weak and oppressed of the entire country.”

Rahul also said that he would be available for the smallest of issues - be it their salary, contract labour or their honour.

He also spoke about the situation of Chhattisgarh where he spent the past two days.

I was speaking to farmers and tribals in Chhattisgarh. I learned that corporates make Rs 1 crore from the coal mines. But when they bought that land, the farmers were given Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh only.
– Rahul Gandhi, Congress Vice President

Rahul also accused the Central government of being silent over important issues and said, “When we ask how would this benefit the poor, they have no answers. We do not want such development,” he said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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