Gandhi, making his first stop in Tamil Nadu where Congress is fighting from all 39 constituencies, said, "I am proud to see Congress cadres working enthusiastically in the elections."

Gandhi expressed his happiness at the party putting up a strong challenge in the general elections despite fighting alone.

“For a long time, the Congress had been piggybacking on the AIADMK or the DMK in the state. This time around, no party in the state was willing to align with the Congress due to factors like corruption, inflation, price rise and others. Even its long-time ally DMK walked out of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government expressing dissatisfaction at the way the Centre was handing the Sri Lankan Tamils' issue,” he added.

Gandhi further added the state parties will not come to power at the Centre post elections and Congress cadres should work to bring a pro-poor and secular government.

Claiming that it is only the Congress that worked for the empowerment of the people, Gandhi listed out the achievements during 10 years of UPA rule like the Food Security Act and Right to Information Act

Asserting that the Congress government was committed to making the lives of 70 crore people who were just below the middle class better, he said this could be achieved only by providing jobs to millions of people and promised efforts in this regard.
He recalled the Congress-led government had removed the nine-cylinder ceiling on subsidised LPG cylinders after women raised concerns.
Gandhi also promised to solve the fishermen's issue.


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